Cape Town International Jazz Festival drops Sjava for damaging ex side chick Lady Zamar's vagina

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Award-winning musician Sjava has been dropped from the Cape Town International Jazz Festival amid rape allegation.

Sjava was scheduled to perform at the festival on Saturday March 28 alongside big names such as Judith Sephuma, Aus Tebza, Abdukkah Ibrahim and PJ Morton.

“Over the last 20 years the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) has provided a platform to empower and showcase female artists,” festival director Billy Domingo said.

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“Due to the serious nature of the allegation levelled against Sjava, the festival management has decided to cancel the artist’s performance at the 2020 festival.

“As the investigation is still ongoing, the festival is not in a position to comment further at this stage. Any changes to the festival line-up will be communicated in time.”

The festival’s decision comes after Sunday reports that a rape case against the Umama hit-maker was opened last November by a famous ex-girlfriend.

Organisers announced the removal of the local artist via a tweet, sent late on Monday night.

The announcement seemingly relates to a story published by Sunday World, in which the publication says that they have seen court documents of a case filed by Lady Zamar against her former boyfriend, alleging rape and abuse.

Lady Zamar is also scheduled to perform at the festival this year and is one of the headliners.

This follows a series of tweets sent by the singer, whose real name is Yamikani Janet Banda, back in 2019 in which she first revealed that she and Sjava dated and detailed other accusations.

Sjava then responded on his Twitter account saying: "I am aware of the false allegations relating to abuse & assault contained in tweets by Yamikani Banda (Lady Zamar) on 29 October 2019 and the media articles based on those allegations. On the advice of my legal advisors, I am pursuing the matter through formal legal channels."

He then added, also via Twitter: "As a final statement on this matter, I write to you as my colleagues, business partners, peers and supporters to inform you that I will not be engaging on the matter of false assault and abuse levelled against me on social media or any other platform, because I have instituted legal proceedings in the High Court of South Africa and as such the matter in now sub judice,".

Channel24 reached out to the festival organisers and they said in a written statement: "Over the last 20 years the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) has provided a platform to empower and showcase female artists. Due to the serious nature of the allegation levelled against Sjava, the festival management has decided to cancel the artist’s performance at the 2020 Festival. As the investigation is still ongoing, the festival is not in a position to comment further at this stage. Any changes to the Festival line-up will be communicated in time. "

Sjava hasn't returned Channel24's request for comment as yet and this article will be updated should he deem to do so.


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