Black Coffee’s Ex-wife Enhle Mbali Sued For R140m

Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa, Black Coffee’s ex-wife, is facing legal trouble after being served with a lawsuit.

Cyan Haribhai, a freelance photographer, is suing Enhle Mbali for R143 million for infringement of copyright and loss of income.

Cyan Haribhai, who photographed the actress during South African Fashion Week (SAFW) Autumn/Winter 2020, accuses Enhle of reposting her photos without her permission.

The Sunday World reports that Cyan Haribhai filed the lawsuit at the Johannesburg High Court accusing Enhle Mbali and her clothing label Essie Apparel, of taking the fashion pictures which she had published on a fashion website, Photo Vogue, and reposting them on her Instagram account without her authorisation.

In the premises the posting constitutes an unauthorised copy, reproduction, alternatively a reproduction of a substantial part, further alternatively an adaption of the copyright works. In the premises further, the posting constitutes a direct infringement of the plaintiff’s conferred right of copyright in the copyright works as contemplated in Section 23 of the act, ” read part of the court papers.

Black Coffee’s Ex Enhle Mbali Sued For R140m

On the other hand, Enhle Mbali hit back at Cyan Haribhai. She said she is baffled by Cyan Haribhai’s “frivolous” claims. She accused Haribhai of harassing her and her team.

“I have received the summons that seeks to claim over R140 million from me. Three years after I reposted the image, she starts to harass my team and business partners with threats and her frivolous claim,” she said in a statement.

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Enhle Mbali also accused Cyan of using her pictures for financial gain without her authorisation.

“It baffles me how she would seek damages from me for reposting from her page an image of my work, that she never sought any authorisation from me nor my company to use for her financial gains with Photo Vogue or Vogue Italia.

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