Celebrities who found themselves on the wrong side of the law in 2017 may still have legal problems to deal with going into 2018.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at six celebrity law cases that will be heard in South African courts this year.
1. Arthur Mafokate and Busisiwe Twala
The King of Kwaito and 999 Music boss Arthur Mafokate and his former girlfriend and artist Cici, whose real name is Busisiwe Twala each opened a case of assault against one another after an incident that took place at their love nest in Midrand in July last year.
The matter is due to be heard later in January after it was postponed in November pending a decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Mafokate laid a charge against Cici, claiming she assaulted him with chairs during the confrontation, but the focus of the dramatic case is the allegation that Mafokate assaulted and dragged Cici on the road with his car, leaving her with a broken pelvic bone.
2. Uyanda Mbuli and Joyce Molamu
The Midrand Magistrate's Court will have to tackle the case involving slay queens and socialites Uyanda Mbuli and Joyce Molamu, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's ex.
The two have both opened cases of crimen injuria against each other. The legal battle centres around allegations that Mbuli attempted to steal Molamu's fiancé, King Maseko.
The case was postponed twice, while Molamu revealed that there were WhatsApp messages between Mbuli and Maseko. She claimed Mbuli asked him for money.
3. Bob Mabena
Veteran radio broadcaster Bob Mabena, was accused of assault by his wife's old friend.
The businessman accused Mabena of assaulting him with the help of his wife after he allegedly joked that he once dated Mabena's wife back in high school.
4. Sipho Ndlovu
Kwaito star Sipho Ndlovu, popularly known as Brickz, was found guilty by the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court and sentenced to 15 years in prison last year.
His appeal was dismissed by magistrate John Baloyi but his lawyer said they were heading straight to the Supreme Court of Appeal to appeal both the conviction and sentence.
5. Oscar Pistorius
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and his legal team intend to approach the Constitutional Court to appeal the new sentence imposed on him by the Supreme Court of Appeal for the death of Reeva Steenkamp.
6. Nico Matlala
Matlala shot to prominence for his penchant for dating celebrities like Palesa Madisakwane and Keabetswe "KB" Motsilanyane.
The new kid on the social scene, Nico Matlala faces charges of car theft, fraud and assault cases in different Gauteng courts.
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