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“Don’t panic”: Jackie Phamotse breaks her silence on her sentencing.

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“Don’t panic”: Jackie Phamotse breaks her silence on her sentencing.

Author Jackie Phamotse has broken her silence after she was sentenced in her defamation case involving Basetsana and Romeo Kumalo.

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Controversial author Jackie Phamotse says she’s grateful to South Africans who’ve been supporting her ordeal.

JACKIE PHAMOTSE: ‘I’M SAFE’

TimesLIVE reports that Jackie Phamotse took to her Instagram stories on Thursday, 28 March to thank those who’ve supported her.

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“Thank you for the love. I love you right back. I’m in my house safe and sound. Don’t panic, the road is still wet. Let me write.”

“God has given me so much strength and peace it’s unbelievable. It’s truly peace beyond understanding. I’m covered. I’m home, lost nothing but given more time to do what I’m called to do. It’s not done until he recalls the air in me. God brought me back home when many said I’ll never see the sun again. I’m grateful to God because I’m still whole and still able. Now, let’s work.”

The publication adds that Phamotse was sentenced to two years’ house arrest with a fine and unpaid community service in her defamation case.

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She was found guilty in the Randburg magistrate’s court on Tuesday, 19 September for a defamation case brought against her by the former Miss SA.

The Kumalos breathed a sigh of relief after the celebrity author was found guilty. She was found guilty of crimen injury, criminal defamation and contempt of court.

Phamotse was found guilty of four counts of crimen injuria over a tweet she posted in 2018 about an alleged explicit video involving Basetsana’s husband Romeo.

BASETSANA KUMALO REACTS TO HER SENTENCING

EWN reports that Basetsana Kumalo, who was at Randburg Magistrates Court with Romeo Kumalo has welcomed the sentencing of Jackie Phamotse.

The award-winning author received a fine of R30 000 or ten months in prison and a house arrest.

Mrs Kumalo addressed the media after proceedings and said their victory was not just hers but belonged to all South Africans.

“The law has taken its course, justice has been served and more importantly, the dignity of my family has been restored.”

“South Africans now have a recourse that they can come to the court to seek justice should they be cyberbullied. This judgment is also a tribute to people who’ve taken their lives because of cyber bullies.”

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