Television personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba has decided to take Podcaster Rea Gopane to the cleaners after he claimed that she introduced AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes to cocaine!
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“It is regrettable that this correspondence is required to be sent to you by way of a social media platform simply because you prefer to avoid facing your legal responsibilities,” reads the letter from Thomson Wilks Inc. – representing Bonang Matheba.
The letter further reads that on Sunday 9 May 2021 Rea Gopane falsely and unlawfully accused Bonang Matheba in a widely published video clip of, inter alia, having introduced AKA (Kiernan Forbes) to cocaine.
“In the context of what was being discussed in the video clip this defamatory allegation was exacerbated by the shocking insinuation that the death of AKA’s girlfriend Anele Tembe was due to AKA’s alleged use of cocaine,” says the letter.
According to the letter, the allegations against Bonang Matheba by Rea Gopane were defamatory, hurtful, and were deliberately intended to humiliate and undermine her reputation.
“The allegations are also, to your knowledge false. Your false utterances are compounded by the fact that at the time of making them on a public platform, you knew full well that these utterances would be widely viewed given my client’s high public profile.
“On Sunday 9 May 2021, I contacted you (Rea Gopane) and gave you an opportunity to publish a retraction and to apologize publicly and unreservedly. You expressly undertook to do so the same day. You did not fulfill this undertaking and instead went into public hiding, and refused to either respond to messages or calls. You also refused to provide your email address,” reads the letter.
“My instruction is to invite you to mitigate your unlawful conduct and provide an immediate apology and unconditional retraction, which should be in writing and published on your various video platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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“In addition, we require your written undertaking that you will refrain from making any further false, defamatory, or hurtful statements about or concerning my client. Please ensure that this written undertaking is received by 16h00 tomorrow (Monday 17 May 2021), failing which my client reserves the right for an interdict against you (Rea Gopane).
The letter further reads that: “Whilst a public apology and retraction will go some way towards ameliorating the hurt and the assault on my client’s reputation and her dignity, my client also intends seeking financial compensation in the form of damages. To this end, I am instructed to demand from you (Rea Gopane), payment of the sum of R500,000 within 10 days. Should this sum not be paid within the time prescribed, I have instructions to issue summons without further notice to you. Please provide your physical address to avoid summons being served via Facebook and or Instagram.”
“Hebann. I just cannot believe this woman right now. You have my number. I love you and appreciate you. You inspire me. Take care @bonang_m,” tweeted Rea Gopane after he got served.
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