The spat between Arthur Mafokate and DJ Cleo is turning nastier, with Cleo labelling the "kwaito king" phamokate, a Sesotho term for being HIV-positive.
The House deejay dropped the pejorative in an interview with Ligwalagwala FM on Shabba and GugsLive afternoon drive show on Monday.
Cleo delivered the tirade on air, swore at Mofokate and threatened to klap him. The two were being interviewed live, and were asked to comment on newspaper reports that the kwaito king had copied the DJ's instrumentals.
Cleo claims Mafokate stole the tune of his runaway hit, Sisi Ng'hamba Nawe, and used it for his K'sala Abasalayo song on his album Dankie, released two weeks ago.
In his fury, Cleo called Mafokate a cheap imitator and an umsuzo - fart. A clearly irritated Mafokate later described Cleo as a rude and uncultured artist who did not respect his fans.
"I will not entertain Cleo's cheap publicity stunts. How can you go on air and call people names if you respect yourself and your fans.
"His comments are a reflection of the kind of home he comes from. I will not glorify this rubbish by swearing back at him. I was not raised that way.
An unrepentant Cleo called up even more colourful pejoratives when asked to comment on Mafokate's observations.
"Arthur is a phamokate and a glorified thief who is riding on my success. I did not swear at anyone, I told the truth.
"I wanted everyone to know that an old man who is years older than me has stolen my tune.
"He must go to an old-age home. Anyway, I'm glad that I inspire him."