Popular local DJ Peter Gaetsewe (DJ Bunz), serving a 30-day jail term for debt, has sent a message to his fans – “Pray for me.”
The 38-year-old began his civil imprisonment at the end of August after failing to pay an agreed P600 instalment on a P10, 000 debt owed to a cash loan company.
Talking to friends about his prison experience the one armed disc jockey said, “Man it is tough in here, but I am surviving. Asking his fans to pray for him he assured them that he would emerge from the experience a ‘better person.’
He went on to say, “When I arrived here I got a great welcome. Many of the inmates are night crawlers who know me from the clubs and as I came in they were shouting, ‘DJ Bunz, DJ Bunz’ – it was crazy. “Everybody is here including councillors, cops and pastors. The place is full of celebs. There are so many pastors locked up with me that we spend much of the time in prayer – it is a 24-hour service!”
Explaining why he had fallen foul of the law Bunz explained: “ I took out a P800 loan to finance a charity gig I was doing in Maun. Unfortunately the promoter never paid me for my services and I ended up defaulting on the loan. Before I knew it the P800 had become P10, 000 with interest and lawyers fees and I was taken to court. I was then ordered to pay P600 a month but got the dates of the repayment wrong, believing that the court order started from this month. When I didn’t pay the P600 that was apparently due in August, I was put in here.”
Despite having to sleep on the floor, Bunz remains in good spirits. “ I am being treated well and luckily am not in the high security part of the prison which is a scary place. I have made a lot of friends and would love to come back and do a gig at the prison if the authorities agree. There is definitely a lack of entertainment here!” he joked.
Bunz is due for release on 28 September when he will appear in a fund raising benefit organised by the Lizard Lounge in association with The Voice.