Accused in harassment case fights back

2018-10-01 13:45
Kavitha Nerputh. RIGHT: Yugeshnie Reddy. (Ian Carbutt/Facebook)

Kavitha Nerputh. RIGHT: Yugeshnie Reddy. (Ian Carbutt/Facebook)

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The claws are out in a “cyber-bullying” case with the alleged tormentor turning the tables on her accuser.

Estcourt financial planner Yugeshnie Reddy claims that she is the victim and the one being harassed by Pietermaritzburg businesswoman Kavitha Nerputh.

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“Her [Nerputh’s] attempt at reputational damage and emotional abuse has reached damaging proportions and I request the urgent protection of the courts from her intimidation and harassment,” said Reddy in a counter-application for a protection order.

The saga began a year ago when Nerputh turned to the Pietermaritzburg harassment court seeking several orders against Reddy, including that she not mention her on any online social media platforms, and make any defamatory statements about her.

She claimed that Reddy was harassing her online.

Among the allegations levelled by Nerputh is that Reddy contacted her family members saying she has material to prove that Nerputh is a prostitute, that Reddy threatened to publish Facebook pages tarnishing Nerputh’s reputation and that Reddy manufactured malicious rumours about her and spread them via Facebook. Reddy vehemently denies the allegations.

In her application, she said Nerputh has defamed her “several times on her [Nerputh’s] personal Facebook account to the point that it’s now a smear campaign of hate towards me from people I don’t even know”.

Reddy said she became friends with Nerputh in 2012 through Facebook. She recalled that Nerputh then accused a relative of hiding behind a fake profile and harassing her. Reddy said she was surprised when Nerputh aired the incident on her own Facebook page.

She said that in 2014 she distanced herself from the businesswoman because she was always meddling in her marital issues.

In 2017 there was a social media frenzy about a R100 000 birthday party Nerputh threw for her daughter.

“Some parents attacked her intentions and I came to her rescue as I felt they were too insulting,” said Reddy.

She added that Nerputh contacted her immediately and thanked her. A few weeks afterwards, Reddy was in hospital. Nerputh visited and the two rekindled their friendship.

Reddy said Nerputh was often very upset and spoke to her about how her relatives were questioning the paternity of her last child. Reddy said that Nerputh also told her that her dead husband had accused her of prostitution.

She accused Nerputh of impersonating her first ex-husband and using his Facebook Messenger to contact Reddy and threaten her son.

“She has fabricated false claims in a malicious application for a protection order, despite her being the one harassing me. She has accused me openly in the press of creating fake profiles and accusing her of prostitution,” she said.

Reddy said Nerputh has also harassed her colleagues at the company where she is a financial planning partner.

Nerputh has created “fake profiles accusing me of being a fraud and whose digital footprints clearly indicate it is her”.

Reddy added she had to voluntarily step down from being the chairperson of a non-profit organisation in Estcourt due to being harassed by Nerputh.

The businesswoman has denied all these allegations. The matter came before the court on Friday and was adjourned.

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