Muzuki Phoolohe who is the mother of award-winning rapper Cassper Nyovest has filed a lawsuit worth R1.5m against both Shangaan disco musician Penny Penny who allegedly claimed to be the rapper’s father and a weekly celebrity tabloid for publishing such claims.
It has been revealed by Sunday World from a court summons, that Eric Nkovani who goes by the name Penny Penny, will be on the hot seat in court after he allegedly confirmed to Drum magazine in an interview in February that he is the biological father of Cassper Nyovest.
According to the court summons, the young rapper’s 52-year-old mother who is a retired senior public servant and a pastor at Saint John’s Apostolic Church, is demanding the sum of R1.5-million from both Penny Penny and the Drum magazine for defamation and character assassination.
In the documents she presented to the court, she insists that she never had a sexual relationship with Penny Penny and therefore couldn’t have carried his child.
She maintained that she had Cassper Nyovest in wedlock and his father was Letsebela Phoolo.
Meanwhile, Penny Penny confirmed that he had received a letter of demand from Phoolo’s attorney ordering him to court. Penny Penny however maintains that he never claimed paternity of the rapper and accused the magazine of using the propaganda to sell their stock.
“But I told them that I have nothing to do with the article because the magazine lied. I never told them that Cassper was my son. They lied because they wanted drama to sell their magazine. I told them that I have 18 kids, but when they asked me about rumors of Cassper being my son, I told them straight away that he is not,” he said.
He offered himself as a witness and wants to stand in support of the legal action by Nyovest’s mother against the magazine.
“I also wanted to sue them, but I could not go ahead because I did not have money because I’m poor. I cannot afford a lawyer with my R15000 salary of a councillor because my family also depends on it. But I met with the lawyers representing Cassper’s mother and I told them I will help them in the case,” Penny Penny said.
Connie Phakedi of Phakedi Attorneys confirmed they were in charge the legal action against the magazine and the Shangaan musician.
“We can confirm we lodged a lawsuit at the South Gauteng High Court against the magazine and Penny Penny after receiving instructions from our client.”
The attorney also confirmed that Penny Penny requested to meet with the law firm after he received a letter of demand.
“He said he didn’t tell the magazine that Cassper was his son. But our client insisted that he must be included as a defendant on the matter because if it was not for his interview the article was not going to be written.”
The editor of Drum Magazine Noluthando Mthethwa confirmed the receipt of a letter of demand from Phoolo’s attorneys and said they are standing by the article.