Controversial former artist manager Nhlamulo ‘Nota’ Baloyi has been ordered to pay popular DJ Ashley Shimza Raphala R200 000 for saying he is corrupt and calling him a toy boy.
The Johannesburg High Court also slapped the outspoken Baloyi with a cost order for Raphala’s legal bills.
The judgment, which was handed down on Friday, read: “The defendant is ordered to pay damages to the plaintiff in the amount of R200 000 … The defendant shall pay interest on the sum of R200 000 at the mora rate from the date of the judgment to the date of payment.”
Baloyi, who normally posts updates from the court, has also kept mum.
Raphala filed an application to gag Baloyi in November after he claimed that he made defamatory allegations against him on Twitter, accusing him of unduly benefiting from government tenders because of his romantic relationship with Athi Geleba, who works as head of digital communications in the Presidency.
Baloyi’s social media rant came just a few days after the then minister of tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, hosted a “ministerial cook-off” at Raphala’s Tembisa restaurant Hang Awt, where media personality Somizi Mhlongo was also booked as a guest in May 2021.
He continued: “Khusela Diko was fired for allowing her husband to win PPE tenders, and he later died from Covid-19. Athi’s toy boy will cost her.”