The two are represented by Quintin Steyn as they attempt to fight the order.
"I can hereby confirm that the Mr. Gay World Foundation has served my clients, former Mr. Gay World Louw Breytenbach and his publicist, Gavin Prins with an interdict application to seek a court order to have both retract and apologize in public for alleged defamatory statements made in the media. I can confirm that we have submitted our supplementary affidavit on behalf of Breytenbach and Prins," Steyn said in a statement, according to The Citizen.
"I took on this case as I believe in the promotion of the LGBTQIA+ community and its growth. When politics are brought into the promotion of the community, it is not very healthy. It is important for the younger generation to promote a culture of acceptance," Steyn added.
"The reason I entered the Mr. Gay SA and Mr. Gay World competitions respectively, was never about the title. I am passionate about charity, the work I started even before the competitions," Breytenbach said in a statement. "My intention was to use the platform to add a voice to the lgbtqia+ community, the Gates of Hope as well as Future Step. As winners, we tend to be blinded by the glitz and glam the contest brings."
He continued that his resignation as Mr. Gay World wasn't "to tarnish the reputation of the organization, but rather because of value differences."
"I was excited when I was crowned with lots of plans to build the gay community. But unfortunately, I could not achieve this dream," Breytenbach explained.
Breytenbach also claimed there was remuneration mentioned in the original contract, but not in later amended ones. He said the contract was vague.
If Breytenbach left the pageant, there would be about a $5,640 penalty. "This penalty is unlawful. What if they are in breach of contract, should I still pay the penalty? This does not make sense," Breytenbach said.
He continued that he was also concerned with the group's "inability to be audited when they refused to divulge how funds are used for the Mr. Gay World Foundation."
"I think it is my right to know what happens to [the] money that I raise for the organization in my capacity as Mr. Gay World. Who is benefiting from all of [these] sponsorships?" he asked.
In response, Mr. Gay World organizers provided a statement to The Citizen rebuking Breytenbach's claims. The group said that those claims include "a series of defamatory allegations about the organization and its officials."
After Breytenbach resigned, the title passed to Bonginkosi Ndima. He also shortly resigned after taking the title.