Plagiarism should never be taken lightly and in the era of the empowered artist, we are pleased to see that it is no longer overlooked

Plenty of talented South Africans have had to fight for their work after seeing it blatantly being copied by sometimes bigger or by more established artists and brands.

There are no two ways about it: the theft of music, ideas, designs or otherwise is exactly that – theft, and the culprits should be held accountable.

Here are a few of the biggest plagiarism scandals of the last few years


Zara vs Laduma

Laduma Ngxokolo took his battle with Zara to the very top and ended up winning after the international retailer stocked a line of socks that closely resembled his signature designs.

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Tsk tsk!


Boity vs Karen Francis

Boity’s very young rap career was shrouded in controversy earlier this year when another rapper, Karen Francis accused her of stealing the beat and signature patterns for her single, Bakae.

Karen believes the single rode the momentum of her own hit song, Cake.

Lasizwe vs Jay Versace

Lasizwe was called out by American vine-maker Jay Versace, who claimed that the content in the young South African creator’s videos was very similar to his own.