Former Telkom Foundation CEO and Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe’s cousin Reabetswe Lucia Motsepe is facing a R40m defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband over claims she allegedly made that he was a gold digger, thug and an ex-convict.
Advocate Modise Geoffrey Khoza SC filed the summons at the Joburg high court against his ex-wife on Tuesday, demanding that she fork out the millions in “damages he suffered” for allegations made against him.
The two former love birds who married twice before being embroiled in a bitter marital dispute in 2012 and 2016 , had exchanged serious allegations against each other.
Among the allegations, some of which were made in e-mail exchanges annexed to the defamation lawsuit by Motsepe, were that Khoza allegedly hired two assassins to kill his wife on the day of their marriage.
That, according to the papers and e-mail annexures, was to happen if she had refused to sign a prenuptial contract.
Khoza had also accused his wife of infidelity, claiming that she was “lowering her panties for a police officer” at Norwood police station in Joburg in order to get him arrested on assault charges.
Motsepe had alleged that her hubby abused her physically two weeks into their marriage in 2012.
But now Khoza is going for the jugular as his defamation suit against Motsepe details numerous incidents, arguing that she defamed and injured his good name to destroy his reputation.
The claims, according to the court papers, were all related to statements made between 2016 and 2018.
The first claim, the papers show, was based on a message allegedly sent by Motsepe on November 26 2016 to Khoza’s friend, advocate Mandla Zulu, who is now deceased, in which:
She alleged that Khoza was a known thug who has been in jail in Bloemfontein;
She insinuated that advocate Zulu was implicated in some illegal deal with the plaintiff for which he (Zulu) owed the plaintiff a lot of money; and
She threatened to report the plaintiff to the Society of Advocates of Johannesburg, of which he is a member;
Khoza said as a result of the message, he was evicted from his rented house in Bryanston by Zulu.
The second claim
The papers show it was related to an e-mail allegedly sent by Motsepe on November 14 2017 to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), in which it was alleged that Khoza was a thug and ex-convict who had sacrificed the life of some person to take over his jail term in Bloemfontein.
“She further said the plaintiff had his criminal record wiped out illegally, was an organised crime fugitive, was being protected by the NPA, and that his criminal activities were known by the Bar Council (Johannesburg Society of Advocates) who were scared to act against him because of fear of assassination.”
The third claim
This was based on an e-mail allegedly sent by Motsepe on December 4 2016 to his family members and friends in which she allegedly claimed that Khoza had hired people to kill her.
The fourth claim
It was also based on another email allegedly shared by Motsepe on December 19 2016 with Khoza’s family members and friends in which she allegedly accused him of spying on her and allegedly calling him a mentally derailed lunatic.
“She further alleged that the plaintiff was a gold digger, who married her in order to boost his image.”
The fifth claim
It centred around an e-mail allegedly sent by Motsepe on September 5 2018 to a senior member of the judiciary in which she alleged that Khoza had tricked or coerced her to enter into a prenuptial contract a few hours before the blessing of their marriage.
The papers show that Motsepe said that her husband was an extraordinary abuser and a thug and that he had threatened the lives of officials who stood in his way to allegedly abuse her. Khoza said in the same e-mail, his wife advised that her husband’s application to become a judge should not be considered.
The sixth claim
Khoza said he was suing his exwife for opening a case of assault against him on April 23 2016.
He said Motsepe influenced the members of the South African Police Service at Norwood to arrest, lock up and charge him, claiming that she had suffered injuries due to the alleged assault.
In the papers, Khoza said the allegations were false and maliciously made with the sole purpose of instigating his arrest and prosecution, and that they were later withdrawn.
The seventh claim
The papers show this claim was informed by a picture of Motsepe’s daughter, which Khoza alleges she sent to a senior member of the judiciary, depicting her with blood on her head and face. “In the accompanying e-mail message, the defendant wrote, interalia: These are just a few examples of the assaults by Khoza SC.”
Khoza said the statement and picture were wrongful and defamatory in that they were intended and understood by the judge to mean that he was responsible for the injuries suffered by her daughter.
– Sunday World