Sithelo Shozi, a DJ and social media personality, issued a petition on the first day of Women’s Month asking for a definitive protection order against Andile Mpisane, the father of her children.
Sithelo Shozi is my name. In a petition on Change.org, Shozi claimed, “I am a mother of one boy and two newborn girls, and I have been physically and mentally assaulted and am continuously intimidated by the father of my children.
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The Durban based DJ revealed the alleged assault that occurred between the artist and son of entrepreneur and reality TV star Shauwn Mkhize last month.
In an official statement, Mam’ Mkhize, as she is affectionately known, refuted the accusations made against her son on Instagram.
She continued, calling the accusations “false and slanderous,” adding that neither she nor anybody in her family had seen the allegedly abusive behavior directed towards Shozi.
Shozi claims in her petition that she was in a relationship with Mpisane for two and a half years and that they have two kids and one son together.
“The father of my children beat me to a pulp while I was pregnant with our last child, and I had to wait three days to find out if my baby would survive,” Shozi said.
The woman continued by saying that her small children couldn’t live with a mother who was “bullied, frightened, and still experiencing abuse.”
Shozi further claimed that despite leaving their shared house with the kids, the father of her children constantly calls and threatens to murder her.
“Whilst this will put me against a powerful, well-connected and wealthy individual, I am also a person with rights, and my children deserve a fighting chance. I deserve a chance to be free, too, to have the justice system of South Africa protect a woman and a mother; to protect me. I don’t want to be one of the statistics – a number – or one of the women who die at the hands of a man, like many women do in this country. I don’t want cries for ‘Justice for Sithelo’ when my body lies dead and cold. I want to live. I need protection. Please sign my petition,” Shozi said.
The hearing for the granting of a final protection order against Mpisane will be heard on October 31 at the Point Waterfront Magistrate’s Court.