Jokes Apart! Zahara To Sue Samas And Somizi Over Free Bar Comment
If her tone is anything to go by, both Somizi and the SAMAs have a week to tender a public apology to songbird Zahara or she’s suing their asses!
Country Girl hit maker Bulelwa ‘Zahara’ Mkutukana was left fuming over Somizi Mhlongo’s jokes about her at the South African Music Awards (Samas) on Saturday.
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The singer couldn’t attend the ceremony because she was away on a business trip. Thus, upon her arrival from Swaziland, friends told her what Somizi had said about her and she totally lost her cool.
Somizi who co-hosted the awards with comedian Tumi Morake actually made jokes about everyone, including his friend Khanyi Mbau and Babes Wodumo. However, he didn’t realise he was crossing a boundary when he told audiences that there was a free bar at the after-party and that he’s sure Zahara would be there.
Apparently, he was referring to her rumoured battle with the bottle. Some reports even claimed at the time that she had checked into rehab to help with her struggle with alcohol.
Jokes apart, Zahara didn’t find Somizi’s comment funny. As a result, she is now threatening to sue him and the Samas for defamation of character.
“I only wish what I heard upon my return from Swaziland #BushfireFestival this past weekend about what Somizi said at the Samas is not true! Because if he did I am suing Somizi and the Samas for defamation of character. I am tired of this,” she wrote on Instagram.
She later commented that Somizi should have been talking about her numerous accolades and all the SAMAs she had won in the past.
Meanwhile, Somizi was alerted to Zahara’s anger and apologised on his Metro FM radio show. However, Zahara does not seem satisfied with his apology and wants a more public and sincere approach.
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Also, Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi told TshisaLIVE that they had not received a formal complaint from Zahara but would apologise to her personally. Somizi was also asked to tender his apology to the songstress.
Zahara’s fans however told her to take a chill pill and take the comment as a joke which it was.