After missing deadline for payment, Podcaster Rea Gopane has been served with summons to either pay the R500 000 lawsuit or go defend his case in court!
This, after he accused Bonang Matheba of allegedly using cocaine to the effect that she introduced rapper and ex-boyfriend AKA!
“He was served a summons a few days ago… now; Gear 6!” said Bonang Matheba, responding to a tweet that asked if she was paid.
Rea Gopane was instructed to pay R500 000 for reputational damages to Bonang Matheba.
“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.
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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.
Rea Gopane has since apologized to Bonang Matheba as instructed, but have been making jokes about the matter on social media.
“My only regret is being too young for Ausi Dorothy (Bonang Matheba) 😔,” wrote Rea Gopane.
FYI: A summons is usually a combination of two documents: the first is the summons itself and the second includes the particulars of the claim, where facts are set out and the relief being sought is identified. The names of the complainant or plaintiff (the person who is making the complaint) and the defendant or defendants (the person or group against whom the case is made) will appear on the document, together with the case number and the name of the court from which it was served.
It will explain that the defendant must indicate within a specified time period – usually 10 business days from when the summons was served – if they will defend the case. If you do not enter an appearance to defend within this time period, the plaintiff can apply for default judgement. This means that the relief sought may be granted without you providing any defence.