The court proceedings for popular Zimbabwean comedian and social media personality Mai TT took a surprising turn this week when her sentencing was delayed to allow investigators to verify accusations of “previous convictions.”
Felistas Murata Edwards, known professionally as Mai TT, rose to fame in 2017 through her humorous live streams and skits posted to Facebook. With over 1 million followers on the platform, she quickly became one of Zimbabwe’s most beloved comediennes.
However, Mai TT’s success story now seems to be taking a darker turn. She appeared before a Harare magistrate on Wednesday to be sentenced for theft of trust property. But just as the sentencing was set to begin, prosecutors submitted that Mai TT may not be eligible for a non-custodial sentence due to unknown previous convictions.
Mai TT’s lawyer expressed sh0ck at this new information, arguing that his client had no known criminal record. But the magistrate ordered investigators to verify the allegations before sentencing could proceed, citing the need for clarity.
As a result, Mai TT’s sentencing was postponed to the following day so officials could confirm whether she indeed has a history of past convictions. Until that matter is resolved, the comedienne’s fate remains up in the air – or “in limbo” – as the court probes into what was described as her “criminal record.”
The revelation of possible previous charges against Mai TT has come as a surprise to fans and observers of her meteoric social media rise. Just how far her legal troubles may set back her career success remains to be seen, as the court investigates the new information that emerged this week during what was supposed to be a routine sentencing hearing.