On Monday, actress and media personality Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa filed for a protection order against her estranged husband and popular DJ, Nkosinathi "DJ Black Coffee” Maphumulo. She was supported by anti-gender-based-violence activists who gathered outside the court in solidarity.
Mlotshwa alleges that DJ Black Coffee assaulted her at her 33rd birthday dinner at home by hitting her hand, pushing her and threatening to shut down her celebration.
In a statement, she said that it’s her duty as a woman to not only fight for herself, but for every single woman in South Africa.
“No matter how small it is, it always escalates. We’ve seen our Karabo’s; we’ve seen our Reeva Steenkamps and I want that to stop today. I will fight with a lot of women fighters that I have rallied around me and I won’t stop until justice is done.”
In another statement, a family member of Mlotshwa, Themba Mhinga, said that she has experienced a lot of trauma.
“Mbali has been going through a lot of trauma which she does not really voice to anybody,” he said.
“Now that she is finally speaking out about what has been happening we, as a family, just want to give her the necessary support and be a shoulder to cry on when needed.”
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On Tuesday morning, DJ Black Coffee posted a series of tweets in which he denied Mlotshwa’s claims.
“I personally grew up witnessing GBV in my own household and from a young age I vowed never to allow that to happen again under any circumstance,” he wrote.
“I did not assault Mbali, the mother of my children. I didn’t do it now and I have never done it before.”
The DJ added that divorce is never easy and that he has been in an out of ‘intense’ therapy to deal with it privately.
“As a law-abiding citizen, I will absolutely observe the demands of the interim order but will categorically oppose the permanent installation of its prescripts and this is why we are currently in court,” he concluded.
The matter is expected back in court on April 28.