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Makhadzi In R8,2 Million Lawsuit Drama

MAKHADZI’S production company Open Mic Productions has responded to claims that she failed to promote sneaker brand Kicks Kokovha, produced by Kicks Sportswear.

This after weekend reports that the singer and Open Mic Productions had been dragged to the North Gauteng High Court over a R8,2 million lawsuit for failing to promote sneakers.

Open Mic’s Advocate Ntobeko Maluleke issued a statement, dismissing the summons claims as falsehoods, fabrications and misrepresentation of how the event unfolded. The statement said the complainant was the one who was in breach of contract.

“The complainant failed to keep his end of the bargain and was actually in breach of his contractual obligations from day one,” read the statement.

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Maluleke also revealed that they entered into an agreement worth R120 million with the complainant. And, Open Mic never received the stock to promote in the festive season.

“The supplier insisted that we launch Kokovha Kicks footwear, even when we had concerns that the peak festive shopping season was looming and we had no stock. It never arrived in the agreed 90 days. It wasn’t until February 2022 that 6 900 shoes were received. Several attempts were made by Open Mic to assist the supplier to honour the obligation of delivering the goods. In terms of the contract, the complainant was to provide 8 000 pairs on a monthly basis and that has not happened to this day,” it continued.

According to reports, Kicks Sportswear suffered the financial loss of R379 921 because of the alleged breaching of agreement.

The company has demanded that Open Mic pay the cost of lawsuit and buy 6 880 stock stuck at the warehouse at R300 a unit as per retail price, and resell for its own benefit.

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But Open Mic said Makhadzi also missed other opportunities due to the agreement. It said she tried on several occasions to call Kicks, asking for merchandise to wear on stage, but nothing was delivered.

“Upon receipt of the summons, we could have issued as counterclaim but we did not. Instead, we opted for a meaningful discussion to resolve this issue in an amicable manner. It appears that complainant wants to tarnish Open Mic’s name. The right of Open Mic is reserved in this regard and if it means litigation, we are ready,” it concluded.

Kicks Sportswear founder and CEO Sammy Mhaule refused to comment, saying the matter was in court.

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