'I won' - Bonang Matheba celebrates being awarded R300 000 in court case

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Bonang Matheba wins defamation case.
Bonang Matheba wins defamation case.
John Lamparski

She doesn't give up. 

South Africans thought that she had forgotten about the case of defamation of character she had filed against podcaster Rea Gobane but she had only been waiting for the courts to open. 

It all started when Rea claimed media personality Bonang Matheba introduced ex-boyfriend, rapper Kiernan 'AKA' Forbes, to cocaine.

The video surfaced in May 2021 and Bonang quickly served him with papers, with her lawyers calling for him to apologize or head to the court. 

Read more | Bonang takes legal action against podcaster over drug allegation

In the podcast, Rea and podcast partner Blvck Steph had been speaking about AKA's late fiancé, Anele Tembe, who died after falling from the 10th floor of a Cape Town hotel.

"Scoop told us that AKA is on cocaine and Bonang is the one that got him into cocaine," Rea said in the video.

The podcaster was given an opportunity to retract and apologise publicly for the viral video but did not fulfill the request.

As a result, the reality star took matters to court and opened a case of defamation against Rea Gopane.

In a letter addressed to the podcaster, lawyers of the media personality said the allegations were "defamatory, hurtful and were deliberately intended to humiliate and undermine her reputation".

Following his failure to apologise, Bonang's lawyers were instructed to demand a R500 000 payment in 10 days and failure to do so would result in a summons. 

The two have been in a legal battle ever since, and in January the media personality tweeted "Courts are open. Time to rock."

But Rea seemed unfazed and hit back. 

“The incomparable Bonang Matheba is still mad she took a shot and missed last year. Thanks but I don’t need your good luck. See you soon, mom," he wrote.

Taking to social media after the case, Bonang shared that she had won. She didn't specify which case but fans are sure it's the defamation of character one. In a series of tweets, she tweeted, "I won", "#RunMeMyMoney", "R300 000".

Responding to one of her followers who said the podcaster might not even have R30 000, Bonang responded by saying "The next few years 'bout to be mad fun for him!'

Rea has yet to respond.

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