South Africa's DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik Accused of Rape

South Africa's DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik Accused of Rape

An official rape case has been opened against South African DJs Fresh and Euphonik. This comes after allegations of rape were recently made against them on social media.

South African artists DJ Fresh (real name Thato Sikwane) and DJ Euphonik (real name Themba Nkosi) now reportedly have a rape case opened against the both of them. The opening of the rape case against the two musicians and well-known radio personalities for 947 has been confirmed by the alleged victim to a reputable South African media outlet.

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The alleged rape victim, an anonymous young woman, posted a series of tweets a few days ago which detailed her alleged ordeal at the hands of DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik. The young woman claimed that in 2011, while still an undergraduate student at the University of Pretoria, she had accompanied a friend of hers to a party to which the friend had been invited by one of the artists. She then proceeded to accuse the artists of raping her, and three additional young women, after she had reportedly become intoxicated to the point of blacking out.

The alleged victim was met with both support and backlash as is often the case for any woman who speaks out about their personal experiences with gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual assault.

According to TshisaLIVE, one of the artists (it is unclear as to who) refuted the rape allegations, labelling them "hurtful" and the "price of being in the public eye." The artist also alluded to the accusations being false by saying that "genuine" victims of GBV should take the matter to the courts.

Admittedly, this is not the first time that either DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik have been accused of GBV. Last year, South African poet Ntsiki Mazwai made several social media posts wherein she accused DJ Fresh of being a rapist. The posts were a response to Penny Lebyane who had shared her experience of abuse with a former partner but did not reveal his identity. As both Lebyane and DJ Fresh had dated previously, Mazwai personally concluded that the partner was DJ Fresh. The matter went to court and Mazwai eventually tweeted that she was no longer permitted to comment on the issue.

With regards to DJ Euphonik, media personality and entrepreneur Bonang Matheba, who was dating the musician at the time, laid a charge of abuse against him although the case was later dropped. This incident went on to cause incredible outrage when Marie Claire opted to have DJ Euphonik in a campaign against woman abuse.

EWN reports that 947 and Primedia Broadcasting, the employers of the artists, has issued a statement saying: "We take these matters extremely seriously and apply a rigorous, systematic internal process to assess them. We are awaiting substantiation of the current information from the relevant authorities. Once we have this, we will respond accordingly."

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

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Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

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At the beginning of 2022, Neville Records announced Khaid as a new signee, and since then, he has continued to make waves in the Nigerian music industry. His debut single "With You," was released only eight days after the announcement, and went on to become a commercial success. The song became one of the country's top hits, which now has over 3.7 million views on YouTube and 5 million Spotify streams.

Khaid went on to a release a 6-track album called Diversity and continues to push the envelope at only 17-years-old. The young talent has an EP on the way in the near future, and was recently featured on Okay Africa's 12 Nigerian Artists To Watch In 2023.

Listen to Khaid's "Jolie" below

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