The family of the woman who laid rape charges against DJ Fresh has vehemently denied new allegations made by the radio broadcaster that a relative of the alleged victim had told him she was a pathological liar.
Fresh, real name Thabiso Sikwane had been responding to a tweet by another user, when he said the woman’s aunt had called but refused to speak on the record.
The Madikizela family has hit back, accusing DJ Fresh of trying to damage the woman’s reputation.
“The family wants to make it absolutely clear that at NO point did ANY family member call DJ Fresh to state such. The family is distressed at these false claims and rejects these with contempt,” the family said in a statement.
The woman accused both DJ Fresh and Euphonik of raping a woman at a party in 2011, allegations which they have both denied. The Johannesburg woman claimed they drugged her at a party before taking advantage of her.
“This is a clear example of slander and defamation of character to damage our daughter’s reputation, character and integrity. We salute our daughter’s courage to stand up for herself and in doing so for the thousands of rape victims and survivors that are afraid to speak up and report rape and sexual assault in this country,” the family further said.
Family demands retraction from DJ Fresh
It appears the Madikizela will not be taking the matter lying down and has called on DJ Fresh to either retract his claims or reveal the name of the relative who allegedly spoke to him.
“We will not sit back and allow the launch of a smear campaign and the public character assassination of our daughter in the attempt to hide from the glaring ugly truth,” the family said.
The NPA announced on Monday, 15 February 2021, there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute DJ Fresh and Euphonik, whose real name is Themba Nkosi.
“With regards to the DJs Fresh and Euphonik matter, the docket was indeed presented to the prosecutor. Upon perusal of all the available evidence in the docket, a decision not to prosecute was taken. There are no prospects of successful prosecution on the available evidence, because the evidence is insufficient,” said NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana.