Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa Accused of Stealing Intellectual Property
Scorpion King’s, Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa, have received a letter of demand from an event organiser who alleges that they stole his intellectual property. Thabiso Tshabalala, the organiser and executive producer of The Braai Show with Cassper, claims that the Scorpion Kings Live At Sun Arena event was his original idea.
Background of the Dispute
Tshabalala, who previously organised the successful event One Night With Sjava featuring Afro-pop artist Sjava, stated that he approached Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa with a proposal to host a show in Pretoria on 4 January 2020. According to Tshabalala, he had already secured sponsorship and the Sun Bet Arena as the venue. The three parties allegedly agreed to share the event’s proceeds equally, with each receiving over 33%.
However, after two years, Tshabalala discovered that another event with the same name was scheduled to take place at the same venue on 22 July. The event went ahead, and the businessman alleges that Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa earned R3 million from it.
Alleged Breach of Agreement
Tshabalala’s lawyer sent a letter to the DJs, asserting that their actions constituted a breach of the verbal agreement. The letter states that Tshabalala informed the DJs of the breach, and plans for the event were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. However, the event proceeded without Tshabalala’s involvement, resulting in an estimated R3 million profit for the DJs.
Tshabalala claims that his attempts to communicate with Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa over the past eight months have been ignored.
In response to the alleged intellectual property theft, Tshabalala intends to file a lawsuit against the DJs. His lawyer’s letter demands payment of R1 million within 14 days, with the threat of issuing a summons and legal action if the demand is not met.
DJ Maphorisa’s Assault Case
DJ Maphorisa recently faced a gender-based violence (GBV) case in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. The case arose after his girlfriend, actress Thuli Phongolo, accused him of assaulting her during an argument at her home in Sandton, Johannesburg.
According to Phongolo’s police statement, Maphorisa became aggressive, punching her on the chest and slapping her across the face. He then allegedly grabbed her aggressively by the neck.
Although Phongolo initially filed a withdrawal statement, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) requested additional time to investigate the matter, resulting in the postponement of the case to a later date.
The court appearance on 14 June was further postponed to 5 July due to the absence of state representatives during the proceedings.
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