The son of legendary Generations actress Sophie Ndaba, Lwandle, is facing a R500 000 defamation suit instituted by his stepfather, Max Lichaba, after the 21-year-old released a song accusing Lichaba of cheating and abusing Sophie, says a City Press report. The song, titled My Stepfather’s a Devil, sent shock waves through social media when it was released last month, providing Lwandle’s perspective on his mother’s three-year marriage to the businessman who owns popular Soweto eatery KwaLichaba.
Lichaba said in his application filed at the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) that the track was a deliberate attack on his reputation and painted him as physically and emotionally abusive to his estranged wife. He said that Lwandle had refused to remove the song from his social media platforms, despite being sent a letter of demand. ‘This audio track was published and distributed to the general public, both nationally and internationally, via the following platforms: Facebook and various Facebook groups, WhatsApp messenger and various WhatsApp groups, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.’ Lichaba said the song falsely accused him of being the cause of the actress’ mental health issues. ‘The audio track and/or lyrics are wrongful and defamatory in that same were intended and understood to mean that the plaintiff is evil and like a devil; is guilty of infidelity; is financially abusive and misused his estranged wife’s finances; is dishonest and a fraud; and is without moral fibre and business ethics,’ court papers state.