Kiernan (AKA) Forbes comments on “The Braai Show” matter hosted now by Cassper Nyovest. He is concerned about the exploitation concerning his legal right to intellectual property.
“This matter for me has always been about business principles and asserting my legal rights to my intellectual property and a binding contractual clause that clearly states that myself and MakhuduCom are equal split partners to The Braai Show.
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“When I took a personal decision on May 13, to step back from public engagements and day to day business, to heal, I personally engaged all my business partners, advising of this and my continued commitment to these partnerships.
“Never did I foresee, a partnership with such personal connections and affiliations would be the one to betray me the most,” AKA said.
He said, on 20 August 2021, after many attempts from himself to reach an amicable solution, his legal team filed an interdict against MakhuduCom, Cake Media and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
“The Parties subsequently met on 25 August 2021, at the request of the legal representatives of MakhuduCom for yet another round table discussion.
“In good faith I agreed to this, as it has always been my intention to reach resolution with no legal proceedings,” AKA adds.
However, as soon as the interdict was withdrawn and during the meeting of 25 August 2021, it became clear to his legal representatives that their good faith was being exploited for tactical purposes by MakhuduCom.
AKA said many artists have gone down the route of letting go of legal battles such as this, and thus they suffer and end up with no ownership of their work.
“It is for this reason that I continue to fight this injustice to my creative vision and the violation of my trust, as it is clear to me that the continued exploitation of the creative industry in this country will see no end. II is for that reason that I intend to continue the fight. The time has come for a new precedent to be set.
“I wish continual success for The Braai Show, and its host for season two. After all is said and done, it’s just business,” he concluded in the statement.