WARRIORS and former SuperSport midfielder Kuda Mahachi – through his lawyers Masamvu and Da Silva Gustavo Law Chambers – is suing veteran broadcaster Ezra Tshisa Sibanda for defamation of character and is demanding US$100 000 in damages.
The summons were filed at the Bulawayo High Court on 16 January 2022.
Sibanda is yet to respond.
The footballer, who is club hunting after his contract with South African club SuperSport was terminated in June last year over child abuse claims, wants Sibanda to compensate him for damages to his name and reputation as an individual as well as in his career as a footballer.
The lawsuit arises from material broadcasted by Sibanda on his official Facebook page.
The footie alleges that the broadcaster Sibanda went on Facebook Live for over 30 minutes on 7 May 2022 and alleged that Mahachi burnt his son Diego in South Africa.
In the court papers, Mahachi claims Sibanda proceeded to state as fact that Diego was admitted to Mpilo Central Hospital and that the minor was in huge pain and there was a likelihood that a chunk of his leg would be amputated.
Sibanda is alleged to have mentioned Mahachi’s name numerous times.
The broadcaster is further alleged to have made statements to the effect that Mahachi’s son was admitted to the hospital because his father had poured hot water all over the boy’s body in a fit of rage.
Through his lawyers, Mahachi says the former ZBC presenter’s statements were not based on the truth, were not fair and unjustified.
The player is demanding US$100 000 for damages, payable at the prevailing interbank rate.