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DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards withdraw Sjava’s nominations

The musician has also been dropped from the Cape town Jazz Festival line-up.

The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards have reportedly stripped musician Sjava of his two nominations and cancelled his performance following a rape case against him by former lover Lady Zamar.

Executive head of corporate affairs at MultiChoice South Africa told SowetanLive: “The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards has decided to withdraw the nomination of local artist Jabulani Hadebe popularly known as Sjava, from this year’s awards. This as a result of an ongoing investigation into the local performer by the authorities.”

Sjava was nominated in the favourite music artist or group category, along with Dr Tumi, King Monada, Prince Kaybee and Sho Madjozi. His song Umama was also nominated in the favourite song of the year category.

This comes after the Cape Town Jazz Festival’s decision to drop the musician from its 2020 line-up. The event is set to take place at the Cape Town International Centre (CTICC) on 27 and 28 March.

“Due to the seriousness of the allegations levelled against Sjava, the management of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has withdrawn Sjava’s performance from the CTIJF 2020 line up. #CTIJF2020,” said the festival on Monday.

Sjava denied that he had raped his former lover, musician Lady Zamar, who had opened a case of rape against him in November last year. 

She reportedly claimed she was raped after the two performed at the Royal Heritage Festival in Limpopo in 2017. 

In his statement, Sjava revealed that his lawyers had sent a letter of demand to Lady Zamar in November after she had accused him of abusing her following one of his shows on October 27.

A day after they served summons on her for a case of defamation, 13 November, Lady Zamar opened the rape case, he said.

Sjava added that he had then cooperated with the police, who had told him they were still investigating, including interviewing witnesses, and that he had not been charged. By January, it was still being decided whether he would be prosecuted, he was told.

By February, Sjava’s legal team apparently pushed ahead with the defamation lawsuit against his accuser, after which Sjava was contacted by tabloid Sunday Sun, who informed him they were writing an article about the alleged rape.

He took issue with some of the questions posed to him, including one about Lady Zamar’s “ulterior motives”, which he believed would have been better put to Lady Zamar.

He has accused the police of breaking protocols for allegedly talking to the media about his case despite the musician not having been charged yet.

He explained that he had refrained from answering questions about the case because, among other things, he had received advice from the police not to. He could, however, not remain silent due to the massive attention the case was getting and the effect it was having on him.

He said “we are looking at our options” with regards to the SAPS “talking to the media/public”.

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