Ntsiki Mazwai dismisses defamation claims
The poet has been slammed for tweets believed to be directed at singer Simphiwe Dana.
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.
I wish Ntsiki would leave my name out of her mouth. I will never badmouth her as she insists on doing with everyone. I wish her all the best— Firebrand (@simphiwedana) February 1, 2016
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.
How do you know tweets were about simphiwe Dana? Are you not defaming her??? *LicksLollipop https://t.co/B7hM3uN5cw— Daughter Of The Soil (@ntsikimazwai) February 3, 2016
I tweet...you wear the shoe....then claim I defamed you. After taking yourself to the media to defend yourself from tweets with no name? Wow— Daughter Of The Soil (@ntsikimazwai) February 3, 2016
Then our media reports it as facts....when simphiwe chose to wear the shoe. Wow. Amazing.— Daughter Of The Soil (@ntsikimazwai) February 3, 2016
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.