FOLLOWING Arthur Mafokate’s acquittal from the assault charges it seems like there’s a pending lawsuit against songstress Cici, real name Busisiwe Twala.
Arthur through his lawyer Daniel Nakeng says that the legal battle has affected his reputation and economic situation.
On Wednesday MGOSI.co.za asked Arthur’s legal team if they are going to take legal action against Cici in pursuit of remedies for reputational damages, his lawyer says, “These are other legal matters we are not able to discuss with the media at the present moment”.
What could this mean? This is a blanket statement that will bear plausible evidence as time goes.
The term(s) ‘Defamation of character’ is a catch-all term for any statement that hurts someone’s reputation. Defamation is not a crime, but it is a ‘tort’ (a civil wrong, rather than a criminal wrong). A person who has been defamed can sue the person who did the defamation for damages.
According to All Law in order to sue for defamation of character, it’s not enough that somebody expresses or publishes a defamatory statement. There must also be real damage caused by the statement.
If Arthur has, according to his legal team suffered economically this means he has lost on financial deals that can provide for his well-being and that of his family.
Depending on the ramifications caused by these assault charges, his legal team can then be able to say we’re suing or maybe decided that Arthur just carry on with his life and rebuild the brand that he has built for almost over two decades. Will they bury the hatchet? Kiss and make up? Let’s wait and see.
In 2017, Cici laid charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after an altercation.
Arthur was acquitted by the Midrand magistrate’s court on Tuesday.