Phamotse slapped with house arrest for defaming the Kumalos

todayMarch 26, 2024 103 1

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Former Miss South Africa, Basetsana Kumalo, says the dignity of her family and her legacy has finally been restored.

She was reacting to the sentencing of award-winning controversial author, Jackie Phamotse, who was convicted for defamation, crimen injuria and contempt of court.

The Randburg Magistrates Court earlier today sentenced Phamotse to two years of house arrest and gave her an option of a R30 000 fine or  10 months in prison for lying about the Kumalos.

She was also ordered to refrain from the use of alcohol, or any other substances.

The author will also have to perform community service for 16 hours per month for the duration of her sentence, among others.

The 36-year-old had her brush with the law in 2018 after she tweeted about an alleged sex tape that social media users concluded she meant it involved the Kumalos and a boy celebrity.

Speaking outside court, Basetsana said the ruling against Phamotse should serve as a warning to other people who thrive from being on social media.

The former Miss SA dedicated this verdict to all South Africans who have been cyber bullied, including those who have taken their own lives as a result.

Radio personality, Luphumlo Ngcayisa, says lessons can be learnt from the case.

While it remains unclear whether or not the young author will appeal her sentence, Kumalo says they will await her next move.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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