February 17, 2023

Nota Baloyi apologises after being threatened with a lawsuit by Amazulu boss

Nhlamulo Nota Baloyi was forced to apologise to Amazulu boss after he was threatened with defamation lawsuit

Controversial artist manager, Nhlamulo "Nota" Baloyi is in trouble with AmaZulu Football Club owner Sandile Zungu who has threatened to sue him for defamation of character unless he apologised for defaming him. This is after Nota alleged that Zungu was involved in the killing of rapper Kiernan "AKA" Forbes and his friend Tebello "Tibz' Motsoane outside Wish restaurant on Florida Road in Durban last week Friday. Nota, went on overdrive by recording several videos where he accused a few people of being behind the killing.


Nota was served with a letter of demand to apologise unreservedly to Zungu and his associates by end of business on Wednesday, 15 February 2023. Zungu's legal representative said they would launch an application against Nota and seek punitive costs order against the artist manager.


 The letter of demand served to Nota read in part: "The Instagram messages were wrongful and defamatory of our clients in that they were intended by you and were understood by your Instagram and other social media users to mean that:

*Our clients aligned, associated themselves and/or conspired with the persons who are responsible for the killing of the late Mr Forbes.

*  Our clients were involved in plotting the killing of the late Mr Forbes.

*Mr Zungu threatened the lives of the late Mr Forbes and his friends.

"Our client denies the allegations and innuendos communicated in the Instagram posts were also intended to promote or propagate against our clients."


This is not the first time Nota has been in legal trouble for defaming someone on social media. Last year, he was successfully sued by popular DJ Shimza for calling him a corrupt toy boy. He was ordered to pay Shimza R200 000. Last month, another artist that he once worked with, Siyabonga" Slikour" Metane was granted a protection order by the Randburg Magistrate's Court. Nota had threatened to kill Metane and his child, and threatened his family. Slikour, a member of award-winning group Skwatta Kamp, has distanced himself from Nota after they had a fallout.


 Meanwhile, sensing that AmaZulu boss Zungu is not playing games, Nota was forced to apologise and retract his statements on his Instagram account. He said: "On February 12 2023 I posted certain messages on my 'Lavida Nota' (Instagram handle). In the Instagram messages, I alleged and insinuated that AmaZulu Football Club, it's President Mr Sandile Zungu as well as persons and entities related to them are suspects in the case relating to the killing of well-known musician Kiernan Forbes (Mr Forbes) and that they are suspected of being involved in plotting the killing the killing of Mr Forbes. "In the Instagram messages, I also alleged that Mr Sandile Zungu threatened the lives of Mr Forbes and his friends. "There was no valid reason for me to attempt to link AmaZulu Football Club, Mr Sandile Zungu as well as his entities and persons associated with them to the unfortunate killing of Mr Forbes. Furthermore, the allegation that Mr Sandile Zungu threatened the lives of Mr Forbes and his friends was false. "I hereby retract the Instagram messages and unreservedly apologise to AmaZulu Football Club, Mr Sandile Zungu and all the persons and entities related to them for the harm caused by the Instagram messages. AKA will be buried on Saturday, and his associate, Tibz will be buried on weekend in a private ceremony.


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