A day after being informed of charges of crimen injuria against her, controversial author Jackie Phamotse was unfazed and all she wanted to talk about was her latest book, Bare: The Cradle of the Hockey Club.
On Friday, Phamotse was officially issued with summons at Midrand Police Station to appear at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on June 27.
In June last year, she made a series of tweets about “a sex tape involving the husband of a well-known media mogul with a younger rapper”.
Social media users immediately assumed the tweets were about former Miss South Africa-turned-businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo and her husband, Romeo Kumalo.
Phamotse tweeted: “Just overheard a painful conversation, a female TV mogul …. pleading with one of my girls not to share videos of her drunk and her husband rimming a celebrity boy!!!!! What the hell!!! Kanti what kind of marriages do we have now!!!”
The tweet went viral and the Kumalos dragged Phamotse to court, where she was ordered to take down the tweets.
“In my book I Tweet What I Like I have somewhat cleared the air and warned people to use social media wisely,” she says.
But yesterday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that an accused had been charged and served with summons in the matter.
The Kumalos’ lawyer, Ian Levitt, also confirmed that crimen injuria charges had been filed, saying: “My client will see this process through to the end, no matter how arrogant the accused is.”
Yesterday, Phamotse told City Press she would rather talk about her third book, which she described as “raw, well detailed and eye-opening”. The book will be released on June 1.
“The book is a sequel to Bare: The Blesser’s Game. It speaks about the underground world of powerful men and how they use women in sex cults and this growing secret society in South Africa,” Phamotse explained.
She said the main characters were Treasure Mohapi and Lintle Kente, two friends who sink into the world of sex slavery and money laundering through a powerful couple that has links with government officials.
“My main aim for these books is to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of sugar daddies and their allies, and how this materialistic lifestyle has a deeper economic stream. It is not just slay queens and holidays, there is a darker underground world that controls people’s lives.”