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Ntsiki Mazwai dismisses defamation claims

The poet has been slammed for tweets believed to be directed at singer Simphiwe Dana.

Poet and musician Ntsiki Mazwai. Picture: Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Poet and musician Ntsiki Mazwai has slated media reports that a series of controversial tweets she posted on Monday were directed at jazz singer Simphiwe Dana.

Dana and her management announced yesterday that they would be taking legal action against the poet for defamation.

The spat started on Monday when Mazwai took to Twitter to say she had helped 'kick start' Dana's career, along with other artists.

Dana then cleared up the story with a response of her own.

It however escalated when Mazwai continued to post suggestive tweets about someone who apparently 'slept her way to the top'.

She has criticised the media and says she made no mention of the singer.

This is not the first time the poet has been in trouble after a controversial 'panty' comment made last year, in which she said women who support the African National Congress are only good for their panties.

Eyewitness News contacted Dana's management who say she is still consulting with her lawyers.