Nota drops appeal, starts payment talks with DJ Shimza's legal counsel

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Nota Baloyi. Photo: Darren Stewart
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Controversial former artist manager Nhlamulo Nota Baloyi has pleaded for mercy and says he will pay DJ Shimza R200 000.  The outspoken talent manager told City Press that his lawyers were currently in talks with the globe-trotting DJ's legal representatives to jot a payment plan.  

He said: 

I said I would pay what the judgment said. The entire R200 000 as well as the legal costs, which is not a significant amount of money. I said I would pay it at my convenience. It is not a monthly instalment, but it is at my convenience. I will pay for it according to the way I see fit. If I say I want to take five months to pay him, I will take five months to pay him and, if I change my mind and say I want to take 24 years to pay him, I will take 24 years.

In August, Baloyi was ordered to pay DJ Shimza, given name Ashley Raphala, R200 000 for saying he was corrupt and calling him a toy boy.The Johannesburg High Court also slapped the outspoken former manager with a legal bill to cover Raphala's legal cost for the case.

He said: 

My legal team is negotiating with his legal team. The negotiations between our legal teams are private and neither mine nor his team is allowed to divulge the terms of the negotiations and if we do, that will be a bridge of confidentiality.
 

Baloyi was also sent the star’s legal bill, filed at the Gauteng High Court on Monday. The 23-page notice of intention to tax bill carries lawyers' fees, which were invoiced to DJ Shimza by his lawyers, Molai Attorneys.  The bill includes an R528 charge to draw summons in June last year, R1 312 for an hour consultation to prepare for the trial in November, R2 071 for 19 calls made and received for the purpose of the case, R19 000 for the perusal of trial bundle and DJ Shimza’s advocate EJJ Nel’s legal bill, which amounted to R252 540.  The legal bill due as filed in the court papers is sitting at a total of R289 869 on top of the R200 000 that Baloyi was ordered to pay the deejay.  After declaring that he would challenge the legal ruling by appeal, Baloyi said he would not pursue the appeal anymore.

READ: Shimza wins defamation case - judge orders Nota to pay R200 000 in damages

Last year,  Raphala filed an application to gag Baloyi in November after he claimed that he made defamatory allegations against him on Twitter, accusing him of unduly benefiting from government tenders because of his romantic relationship with Athi Geleba, who works as head of digital communications in the Presidency. Baloyi’s social media rant came just a few days after the then minister of tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, hosted a “ministerial cook-off” at Raphala’s Tembisa restaurant Hang Awt, where media personality Somizi Mhlongo was also booked as a guest in May 2021. 

Baloyi posted: 

Fix your corruption … Tembisa is a shit hole, and you can’t even call out the local government for the lack of service delivery because you benefit while our family members in Tembisa live in squalor.


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