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Kelly Khu­malo’s lawyers have sent Sam Meyiwa a blis­ter­ing let­ter, or­der­ing him to stop de­fam­ing and hu­mil­i­at­ing her, and dam­ag­ing her rep­u­ta­tion. on Fri­day evening.The “cease and de­sist” let­ter, writ­ten by law firm boss Ruth Makham­beni, was de­liv­ered to Meyiwa’s home in Um­lazi, Dur­ban, by the sher­iff of the court In the let­ter, which City Press has seen, Khu­malo’s lawyers threaten that if the fa­ther of her slain boyfriend doesn’t stop, she will sue him “for the dam­ages suf­fered”.

Khu­malo wasn’t avail­able for com­ment, but her pub­lic­ity man­ager, Linda Moeketsi, con­firmed the lawyer’s let­ter was sent to Meyiwa on Fri­day.

“Kelly has had enough of the ma­li­cious ru­mours be­ing spread about her. She is tired of be­ing abused by Sam Meyiwa,” Moeketsi said.

Sources close to Khu­malo say she has had enough of Meyiwa – fa­ther of her late boyfriend, Senzo, who was killed in an ap­par­ent armed rob­bery at her mother’s home in Spruitview – and she has now de­cided to take the le­gal route.

Khu­malo’s con­fi­dantes say the last straw was when Meyiwa slammed her lat­est song, ti­tled Senzo, which she wrote in trib­ute to the fa­ther of her youngest child. Meyiwa told Daily Sun that she recorded the song just to ir­ri­tate his fam­ily. “Where did this girl come from? What does she want from us? How much more pain does she want me and my fam­ily to suf­fer?” he re­port­edly said.

A close friend of Khu­malo told City Press that Khu­malo has been quiet for too long, and that “uBab’Meyiwa has now gone too far”.

“She’s a sin­gle mother, who needs to work for her chil­dren, and for Meyiwa con­tin­u­ing to speak ill of her, dam­ages her rep­u­ta­tion and it is also af­fect­ing her earn­ings as a mu­si­cian.”

Meyiwa con­firmed re­ceipt of Khu­malo’s let­ter, say­ing: “Kelly has the au­dac­ity to serve me with a let­ter or­der­ing me to stop men­tion­ing her name in my in­ter­views, when I’m the one who lost a son,” he said, his voice shak­ing with anger.

“So even though my son was with Kelly when he died and was shot at her home, I must stop men­tion­ing her name?”

Meyiwa said he and his fam­ily were “still shocked” and vowed not to stop men­tion­ing Khu­malo’s name.

“Whether I get ar­rested or killed, I would never stop men­tion­ing peo­ple who were present when my son was killed. I’m still com­ing to terms with who killed my son and what Kelly is do­ing to me is un­fair and un­ac­cept­able. In all of this, she is now play­ing a vic­tim,” he said and sobbed, adding that he would also con­sult his lawyers.

The lawyer’s let­ter states that Meyiwa has made “atro­cious” re­marks about Khu­malo pub­lished in “nu­mer­ous publi­ca­tions”. The let­ter cites five of these, in­clud­ing an Oc­to­ber re­port in Sun­day World, in which he re­port­edly said, “I don’t know how this girl was raised. She doesn’t have morals” and “First, we still don’t know how my son was killed. But I am sure she was in­volved”.

An­other was a Move! mag­a­zine re­port, in which he said, “She must stop talk­ing about this child is­sue and tell the truth about who killed Senzo” and “She just got preg­nant to trap Senzo”.

“Some of the said com­ments are wrong­ful and defam­a­tory ... and are widely and pub­licly un­der­stood to mean that [Kelly] is dis­hon­est, has knowl­edge of, [has] par­tic­i­pated in or as­so­ci­ated her­self with the ac­tiv­i­ties of the mur­der­ers,” the lawyer’s let­ter said.

The lawyers made it clear that they’ve only cited some of the al­legedly defam­a­tory things Meyiwa has said about the woman who al­most be­came his daugh­ter-in-law.

In the let­ter, Khu­malo’s lawyers also say Meyiwa has “wrong­fully and in­ten­tion­ally impaired and caused ma­li­cious dam­age to our client’s per­son, dig­nity and rep­u­ta­tion” and that he’d bet­ter stop be­cause he’d be sued.

“The con­duct is sanc­tion­able and you may be found li­able for dam­ages to our client,” the lawyer’s let­ter states.

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