Zinhle Khumalo, a former journalist, has taken the legal road to deal with the R300,000 lawsuit filed against her by reality TV star Yaya Mavundla.
Khumalo and Mavundla have been trending on Twitter since the weekend following a debate with entertainment critic Phil Mphela on the origins of popular spot Kwa Mai-Mai.
When Khumalo dragged Mavundla into the conversation and accused her of attempted rape at the Collins Chabane music festival a few years ago, the twar went awry.
Mavundla did not take the claims lightly and filed an R300,000 defamation action against Khumalo through her lawyers, Maloka Makola Attorneys.
The “Becoming” star told the “Sunday World” that the insults affected her and that she spent the remainder of Saturday explaining to friends and family that the charges were incorrect.
She also stated that as a result of the event, she had lost sponsorships and planned to contribute whatever amount the court thinks Khumalo must pay in damages to an organization that supports the LGBTQIA community.
In response to the “Sunday World” article titled “Socialite Yaya Mavundla sues Zinhle Khumalo for R300,000,” Khumalo has released documents on social media indicating that she has also engaged with a legal team.
She wrote: “My legal team has dealt with that. Equally since I’ve laid criminal charges against the person who defamed me about some non existent Bongi person, I shall tweet no more until the investigation is concluded and someone is punished. Hasta la vista baby ✌🏽.”
A deep dive into the lawyer’s letter posted along with the tweet outlines the exact events of night in question.
It also states that Khumalo stands by her original tweets, which she claims is “true” and “in public interest”.
Lastly, the letter informs Mavundla that Khumalo will not be adhering to her demands.
My legal team has dealt with that. Equally since I’ve laid criminal charges against the person who defamed me about some non existent Bongi person, I shall tweet no more until the investigation is concluded and someone is punished. Hasta la vista baby ✌🏽 https://t.co/xTM0fEXatY pic.twitter.com/HLeqZ7631L— Zinhle Putin (@Zinhleputinn) June 21, 2023