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This follows an article published by Sunday World reporting that Lady Zamar laid a case alleging rape and abuse against Sjava.
In the lengthy statement shared on social media, Sjava shared details of the events that happened following the allegations levelled against him. He said in part, “There are a number of reasons I have not spoken about this matter in public and chose to rather follow the legal process. Kodwa, it has now become impossible to remain quiet. I am only going to share information that is necessary to share due to the latest news reports. It is not my intention to stand trial by social media. Okokqlala mina angimudlwengulanga uLady Zamar, I did not rape her.
Sjava also shared that he was only made aware of the charges on 5 December by the police. He said in part; “I met with two police officers from the Thohoyandou police station. They asked about the night (in September 2017) that Lady Zamar accuses me fo raping her and asked for a statement. I gave my statement. They also got statements from some witnesses who were with us going to, during and coming back from that trip.”
The response follows the organisers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival announcemnent that Sjava will no longer be part of the line-up for the event.
Sjava responds to abuse allegations. Here’s a look at the full statement.
— Sjava indlalifa (@Sjava_atm) March 3, 2020