Gary Duke, Mona’s attorney, says Mafube Publishing has filed an urgent application with the High Court. “We have agreed to file our affidavit next week.”
The application was lodged against his client, Mona. “We are currently in the process of negotiating an agreement. We hope that the matter will be settled next week,” he says.
Duke was not prepared to reveal details of Mafube’s application. When asked if the application was related to the recent allegations of plagiarism against Sowazi, published by the Sunday Times, he said: “Yes, that amongst other things.”
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When asked for comment, Mona said: “All of these issues will be addressed in court. These are litigation issues, therefore I cannot comment.”
TheMediaOnline could not reach Sowazi for comment on Thursday (31 July) despite several calls to her office. She was said to be “in a meeting”. Sowazi did not respond to messages.
Ella Rowan, Sowazi’s attorney, said she had instructed her client not to take any calls from the media. Rowan would not comment either. “An agreement has been reached between the two parties not to disclose any information to the media. Therefore, I cannot comment.”
Mona, who is no stranger to controversy, claims that his resignation from Mafube Publishing is related to the allegations of plagiarism against Sowazi.
He joined Mafube in May. His resignation was effective on July 10.
Mona says he is now working on his own marketing and communication, Church Mark Solutions.