Cici wants mil­lions from Arthur

Songstress de­mands over three mil­lion rands from 999 boss over as­sault

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Zenoyise John

SONGSTRESS, Bu­sisiwe Twala aka Cici (31), is su­ing her ex-boyfriend and kwaito king, Arthur Mafokate (56), for a whop­ping R3.7-mil­lion. This fol­lows an in­ci­dent where the 999 boss al­legedly dragged her with his car af­ter an ar­gu­ment at his Midrand house last year.

CASE OF AS­SAULT

The mu­si­cian and dancer later opened a case of as­sault against Arthur. The is­sue left many vexed, in­clud­ing fel­low celebri­ties who called for Arthur to be brought to book. The in­ci­dent hap­pened dur­ing the time when vi­o­lence against women in South Africa was at its height and hor­rific sto­ries of in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence were hog­ging head­lines. But Arthur has main­tained that he didn’t as­sault Cici and he will work hard to prove his in­no­cence.

In the court pa­pers seen by Move!, Cici is claim­ing for bod­ily in­juries, emo­tional trauma and stress against the sin­gle fa­ther of four. Ac­cord­ing to Cici’s af­fi­davit, on June 1, last year, Arthur as­saulted her by in­ten­tion­ally drag­ging her with his car on a gravel road for about 400m. The ring on her right hand was caught in the right front door han­dle un­til the ring slipped off her fin­ger.

SE­RI­OUSLY VI­O­LATED

The pa­pers fur­ther state that Arthur then con­tin­ued driv­ing and left Cici ly­ing in­jured on the road. As a re­sult, Cici sus­tained marked and deep drag abra­sions and bruises on her body. Cici’s lawyers say be­cause of the in­ci­dent, Cici was “un­law­fully, wrong­fully and se­ri­ously vi­o­lated and had her bod­ily in­tegrity vi­o­lated”.

They claim Cici will prob­a­bly suf­fer prob­lems should she fall preg­nant in the fu­ture, as she was also left per­ma­nently scarred and dis­fig­ured.

“She is no longer able to wear the same clothes when she per­forms as she did be­fore the as­sault, to the prej­u­dice of her ap­pear­ances as a per­form­ing artist and singer,” reads the court pa­pers.

EMO­TIONAL TRAUMA

As part of the R3.7-mil­lion, Cici is de­mand­ing R500 000 for defama­tion, claim­ing Arthur made wrong­ful and defam­a­tory state­ments against her by say­ing she as­saulted him with a coat hanger in his po­lice state­ments. She has also laid a claim of R484 000 for her medical ex­penses.

Cici de­mands R150 000 as well against Arthur, claim­ing that he called two of his friends telling them she was at­tack­ing him and they should bring po­lice of­fi­cers to help him. Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments, Cici said Arthur’s state­ment de­famed her. An­other claim filed against Arthur was for loss of in­come. The pa­pers in­di­cate that Cici lost out on two per­for­mances, one val­ued at R40 000 and the other at R60 000 as a re­sult of the al­leged as­sault.

Ef­forts to get hold of Cici drew a bank while Arthur de­clined to com­ment.

Kwaito king, Arthur Mafokate and Cici dur­ing hap­pier times. IN­SET: Cici af­ter she was in­jured

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