Bonang is gonna settle - Lawyers meet to strike a deal
BATTERED TV personality Bonang Matheba is on the verge of making peace with her ex-lover Themba Nkosi following a vicious attack that left her black and blue three months ago.
The highly publicised assault in May - which was followed by a mutual smear campaign by the ex-lovers, who hit out at each other with allegations of physical and verbal abuse, drug use and an abortion - is likely to end in a settlement agreement.
At the time, Nkosi claimed that Matheba was a drug user. Matheba hit back, saying her ex was abusive and had constantly assaulted her during their relationship. She also alleged that he was attending an anger management course.
On Tuesday, when Nkosi, also known as 5FM DJ Euphonik, and YFM DJ and Live presenter Matheba returned to the domestic violence unit at the Randburg Magistrates' Court for their fourth court appearance, their lawyers placed on record that their clients were involved in settlement negotiations.
The parties asked for the case to be postponed by agreement in order to allow their clients enough time to meet and formulate a settlement agreement.
Sunday World understands that Matheba, Nkosi and their legal representatives held meetings at an unidentified location in Joburg over the past few days, at which they formulated their settlement agreement.
Matheba, who is known as Queen B, approached the court in May and lodged criminal and domestic violence cases against Nkosi following a lovers' tiff that allegedly ended in violence on the evening of May 28 when Nkosi allegedly broke into Matheba's Sandton flat through a partially open window.
Nkosi was allegedly angered by the fact that Matheba had left his gate open earlier that night when she went to his place in Westdene, Joburg, to collect her clothes.
He allegedly grabbed Matheba before she could press the panic button, pulled her to the floor and started assaulting her by pulling her hair, hitting her face with a cellphone and punching her in the face. He then allegedly slapped her body and kicked her while she lay on the floor.
"While he was busy assaulting me, Nkosi was shouting that I do not respect his things," said Matheba in her court papers.
Matheba also alleged that Nkosi damaged her laptop, an Apple Mac valued at about R12000 and her BlackBerry Torch cellphone worth R6000, and broke her crockery.
Neighbours heard Matheba screaming "help me" during the incident. But by the time help came, Nkosi had left the complex.
Pictures taken after the alleged assault showed bruises on Matheba's upper left eye and a swollen, bloodied lower lip.
A security guard who was one of the first people to report to Matheba's apartment said he found her crying and in distress.
He said he would not have opened the gate to the complex for Nkosi when he arrived in his Mini Cooper had he known that the DJ and Matheba were no longer an item.