Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli. File picture: Dumisani Dube/ANA Pictures
Johannesburg - Mzwakhe Mbuli has denied allegations that he tried to cash in on the funerals of fellow celebrities. 

This after PowerFM sports presenter Thabiso Mosia took to social media to warn Ray Phiri's family against involving him in the funeral arrangements for the jazz legend, saying he would steal money from the family. 

Mosia, in a series of tweets, related how Mbuli and the "legend's cronies" allegedly scammed kwaito star Mandoza's family during his funeral by offering to organise sound, the venue and food. 

Responding to this, Mbuli denied Mosia's allegations, saying his role in Mandoza's funeral was minimal and only came after the family insisted on involving him.  

"I had a voice challenge... but I was voted to be the programme director so I couldn't win that vote. There was also a crisis of securing a venue for the funeral... my coming on board was to assist with the looming crisis."

The people's poet denied he charged to perform duties at prominent people's funerals and refuted claims he has any role in funeral proceedings for Phiri, who died on Wednesday.

"There's no substance [to these allegations] and whoever is making these claims must prove them," he said.