Julius Malema labels Cassper Nyovest a 'bully' in #FillUp battle - Twitter goes crazy!
It was a complete smackdown on Twitter after EFF leader Julius Malema tackled Cassper Nyovest for filing legal action against Tsonga musician Benny Mayengani for using the #FillUp phrase, which he apparently trademarked over a year ago.
Benny hosted a concert called #FillUpGiyaniStadium in Limpopo last weekend and apparently did not "get permission" from Cassper to use the phrase.
Earlier this week Cassper's management told Sowetan that the rapper trademarked the phrase over a year ago and planned to take legal action against Benny.
On Thursday afternoon Malema caused a Twitter meltdown after he pledged the EFF's support in the legal battle.
The political party also condemned the move in a statement, calling it a "selfish, desperate and lousy attempt to profit alone on what is anyway everyone's, everyday language".
"Each day coffee shops and beer halls use the words ‘fill up’, in relation to water, coffee, tea, or any beverage. Imagine that they now have to pay (Cassper) before they call on customers to come for a fill up," read part of the statement.
The party also told Benny not to be afraid of Cassper's "lousy" lawyers as it has the "best of the best".
Cassper's manager Tlee slammed Malema for "sacrificing the work of another black kid".
"You take a stance for your homeboy when you know well & clear what he’s doing is 100% wrong is not only opportunistic but embarrassing. I have so much respect for you, this is actually disgusting, we are NOT politicians! You are sacrificing the hard work of another Black Kid!!," he said.
Cassper said he was grateful for the overwhelming support since the fiasco started.
Protect your ideas. It’s expensive but it’s worth it. Get your paper work right. TREAT IT LIKE A BUSINESS BECAUSE IT IS A BUSINESS!!! IT’S THE MUSIC BUSINESS!!!— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) September 6, 2018
A lot of artists die broke because of the issue of ownership, they are mocked by fans& media yet when we educate ourselves, own our talent& ideas we’re attacked. I hope you’re learning through me. We’re about to #FillUpMosesMabhida on the 1st of December. Tickets at Computicket!!— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) September 6, 2018
I really thought I would be under the fire for protecting my Concept but I have received so much support from fans & different individuals. Ownership is a lesson I’m still learning. I am trying to protect my ideas and build a sustainable career. Hoping for a positive outcome.❤️— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) September 6, 2018