May 25, 2023

Sli Khumalo refuses to apologise to DJ Tira and his wife

Gugu Khathi is not backing off and wants to prove her innocence

She made news last month when she claimed that Tebogo Lerole of the Kwela Tebza band tried to make her share a hotel room with another woman so that he could sleep with DJ Tira’s wife, Gugu Khathi during the Eastern Cape SUV challenge event last month. Gender activist Sli Khumalo went on to accuse Gugu of cheating on her husband with Lerole and shared a voice note of an exchange between the two women. Speaking to ZiMoja last month Sli said: "I refused to share a room with some random girl who came with Tebogo while he wanted to share a room with Gugu."




After the allegations, Gugu took legal steps against Sli, where her lawyers wrote to Sli, demanding that she retracts her statements and apologise. The letter from Gugu’s lawyers read, "Should you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to our client’s demands within 5 (five) days of receipt of this letter, we hold instructions to institute legal proceedings against you, the costs of which you will be held liable." Sli flatly refused to apologise, in a counter letter seen by ZiMoja, that was sent to Gugu by Sli’s lawyers, Diaho Attorneys Inc, dated 20 May 2023, states, "We submit further that our client will not subject herself to much indignity of apologising for something she has nothing to do with," The allegations, levelled against the former Mafikizolo dancer ,have reportedly put a strain on her marriage to DJ Tira, since they are not going away.




Sli suggests that Khathi should ask the media for an apology, not her. She claims that she was approached by the media houses and was just giving her side of the story. In her defence, Sli’s legal team wrote back to Khathi, "Your client makes vexatious allegations against our client which we maintain are malicious and baseless. When the gossip came up on social media, your client Mrs Khathi and her associate assumed that the gossip news had anything to do with our client, which she denied. The assumption is informed by the fact that our client knows the two parties Mrs Khathi and Mr Lerole for at least three years, the latter being the client’s colleague in the Act Now Africa NPO and our client knows Mrs Khathi through Mr Lerole." Sli is also steadfast that she will not bother to apologise and entertain the legal threats brought by Gugu. She said firstly, there is no evidence that she communicated with social media influencer, Musa Khawula on Instagram, and there is no evidence to back that she attacked them against people whom "she doesn’t know from a bar of soap". The letter from her lawyers adds, "Secondly, our client had no motive, none whatsoever, to attack people on something of this nature. Why would she do this now and not three years back."




Gugu says she is not backing off, she wants to teach her a lesson. "She is now blaming the media claiming that they approached her and she was just responding, I am not backing off, I want her to pay the price of trying to break my marriage and trying to tarnish my name. If she claims to have evidence she must produce it," says Gugu adding, "I have been in the industry for many years, and I want to make an example of her."



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