Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye, the well-known host of the popular South African TV show Uyajola 9/9, is reportedly suing Moja Love, the broadcasting channel that aired his show, for a whopping R100 million. The lawsuit is said to be based on several grievances that Jub Jub has with the channel, including unpaid salaries, unpaid bonuses, unpaid royalties for his song being used as a soundtrack, unauthorized use of his photographs for billboards, and improper dismissal.
According to reports, Jub Jub is demanding that Moja Love pays him R500,000 for his January salary, which the channel allegedly failed to pay him. In addition, Jub Jub is seeking R72 million for his song's unpaid royalties, which Moja Love used as a soundtrack without properly compensating him. He also claims that his bonuses of R20,000 in 2022 and R50,000 in 2021 were not paid, despite being stipulated in his contract.
Jub Jub is further demanding R10 million for the unauthorized use of his photographs for billboards, which he claims were used without his permission. He alleges that he was not consulted or informed about the use of his images and therefore did not give his consent. This, he claims, constitutes a violation of his rights.
The musician is also seeking R8 million in compensation for not being properly notified about his dismissal from the channel, which he expected to take place after five years as stipulated in their contract. He claims that he was not given adequate notice of his dismissal and that the channel did not follow the proper procedure in terminating his contract.
Jub Jub has also claimed that he has not been compensated in the form of goodwill or royalties for his song, despite various agreements to do so on several occasions. This, he claims, constitutes a breach of his contract with the channel.
The lawsuit has sparked widespread interest and speculation, with many wondering how it will play out in court. While Moja Love has not yet commented on the matter, it is expected that the channel will contest the claims made by Jub Jub, which could result in a lengthy legal battle.
Jub Jub's lawsuit highlights some of the challenges faced by artists and performers in the entertainment industry, particularly in terms of compensation and the protection of their rights. The case has also sparked a debate about the role of broadcasters in supporting and promoting local talent and whether they are doing enough to ensure that artists are fairly compensated for their work.
In the end, the outcome of the lawsuit will have far-reaching implications, not just for Jub Jub and Moja Love, but for the entertainment industry as a whole. It remains to be seen how the court will rule on the matter, and whether the channel will agree to pay Jub Jub the compensation he is demanding.