In January 2021, a Pretoria woman accused Thato Sekwana professionally known as DJ Fresh, and Themba Nkosi, also known as Euphonik, of allegedly drugging her before proceeding to rape her 10 years ago.
She stated in a public post on Twitter that she was a virgin when the alleged sexual assault took place and called for the duo to acknowledge their wrongdoing.
This came as a huge shock to many fans and the public at large, sparking a lot of controversial public debate and ‘Twitter wars’ cantered around gender-based violence in SA and male privilege, with others going back and forth around the issue of the accusations being true or false, in which we also saw both DJ Fresh and Euphonik participating.
The charges were ultimately dropped by the NPA due to insufficient evidence.
According to NPA North Gauteng spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, there was no possibility of a successful prosecution based on the available evidence as it was insufficient. Thus after perusal of all evidence, the decision not to prosecute was reached.
In January of this year, police informed the alleged victim’s legal representative that they had decided to reopen the case, however, they had not made the reason for this very clear.
“We’re waiting to hear the reason they’ve decided to reopen it. Remember that once the DJs announced on Twitter that the NPA had decided not to prosecute, we launched a formal dispute and grievance against the police.
They then undertook to investigate what had transpired with the case”,
Brenda Madumise – Pajibo: legal representative of the alleged victim
“We’ve been very consistent. We’ve also taken up this dispute with the public prosecutor. We suspect that because the public protector is going to ask questions, the police have decided to say they’re reopening the case…”