In an exclusive interview with Briefly.co.za, Sjava’s mum leapt to her son’s defence following accusations of rape by his ex-lover and musician Lady Zamar.
Thandi Nkabinde has described the allegations as “fallacy”.
She said the allegations against her son were a deliberate ploy to derail him from his work. She said Sjava, real name Jabulani Makhubo, would never commit such a crime. “It’s painful to me as a mother to see my son going through such turbulent times. But I’m a praying woman, I will pray for this to pass. We have encountered many challenges with Jabulani and we emerged stronger.”
Sjava’s mother, who was initially reluctant to give an interview, told the publication that if her BET Award-winning son had committed the alleged crime then he should be subjected to the legal processes rather than public opinion. “I’m an elderly woman who is rooted in values and morals. I say if my son is guilty he must face the consequences instead of what is going on. I hear every day on radio that he is guilty but not one person has arrested my son.”
She said since she gave birth to Sjava 35 years ago, she had not received any complaints against him. “Even when he went to Joburg, I did not oppose that move because I know the kind of a child he is. I was shocked when I first heard of the allegation. I said ‘not my Jabulani’ because I know the kind of a person he is.”
Sjava has a close and warm relationship with his mother, which led him to release the hit song Mama, in which he pays respect to her.
The musician recently released a series of videos in which he refutes the allegations levelled against him by Lady Zamar.
In one of the videos he shared on his social media platforms, Sjava said the breakdown of his relationship with Lady Zamar was precipitated by claims that he was married.
These claims were initially thrust into the spotlight by his mother during his sold-out show last year dubbed One Night With Sjava at Sun Arena at Time Square.
Nkabinde would not be drawn into commenting about her son’s marriage status, saying that was not of any significance at this stage.
Lady Zamar retaliated by posting her own video, where she said Sjava had s.e.xually assaulted her. She added that the ordeal still traumatised her and vowed that she wanted justice to be served.
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