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Kuda Mahachi sues journalist Ezra Tshisa Sibanda for defamation

Kuda Mahachi has sent Summons to Journalist Ezra Tshisa Sibanda and he is demanding $100 000 USD In damages for defamation.

Mahachi says he wants compensation for damages to his fair name and reputation as an individual as well as in his career as a soccer player. The damages arising from defamatory material concerning him were written and broadcasted by Sibanda.

He alleges that, on 7 May 2022, defendant broadcasted for 33 minutes, a video on his Facebook profile wherein he stated that there was an allegation that the plaintiff’s four-year-old son Diego, had been burnt by a plaintiff in South Africa. However, he proceeded to make statements of the fact that the plaintiff’s son was admitted to Milo hospital in huge pain with the likelihood that a chunk of his leg would be cut off.

In this context, defendant specifically referred to plaintiff by name at different intervals of the broadcast and made statements of fact that plaintiff’s son was in hospital because plaintiff got angry, took a bucket of hot water, and poured it all over the son’s body.

Mahachi also says , on 17 May 2022, Sibanda wrote on his Facebook profile that Mahachi was unable to send medical assistance to his son in hospital since the son was subject to criminal case and no accused person could send people to help administer medication to the victim.

With this in light, Mahachi says Sibanda’s statements as complained were not made with Mahachi’s consent ,were not based on truth, were not fair comment, and were unjustified. Consequently, Mahachi is entitled to damages as claimed, particularly if it is considered that at the time of issuing summons. He wants Sibanda to pay $100 000 USD for damages payable at the prevailing interbank rate.

In other news – Missing person’s body found in a suitcase

The body of a 37-year-old man who was reported missing has been found stuffed in a suitcase. Eastern Cape police found the suitcase dumped at Phahlane Street, Newvale on Sunday morning at about 10 am.

“Police were summoned to the scene and on arrival, they found the body in a suitcase in a stream,” said police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni. Learn More

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