DJ Fresh has broken his silence on the latest allegations levelled against him in a statement posted on social media
The 94.7 presenter – real name Thato Skiwane – spoke out amid news this week where he was found in favour of a court interdict against poet Ntsiki Mazwai, who accused him of being a ‘rapist’ in a Facebook post.
Through his legal team, Fresh requested Ntsiki to remove the post, to which she initially refused. The pair appeared in the Johannesburg High Court this week where a judge ordered Ntsiki to delete the post, and to ‘stop infringing on Skiwane’s dignity, freedom and security, as well as the right to privacy as guaranteed in the Constitution’.
Fresh has now told his side of the story – claiming he felt obligated to pursue legal action over the “harmful and hurtful” post
He wrote in the statement: “For someone to post something so damaging – especially as it directly subverts my work on behalf of a cause so dear to my heart – I felt moved to take a public stand.
“I would certainly wish for this matter to be settled in a better, more private manner, however, when the falsehoods were not rescinded, I felt my only option was to take it before the due diligence of the court system.”
However, Fresh made no mention of Penny Lebyane – his ex who was cited in the application as the ‘originator’ of Ntsiki’s post.
Read the full statement below:
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Meanwhile Penny – who issued Fresh’s legal team with a letter of request this week – has claimed not only did Fresh miss his deadline to provide evidence that she was behind Ntsiki’s post and his claims that he took out a restraining order against her (also mentioned in his application) after their relationship ended 19 years ago – but they also requested an extension to do such.
She said in a video update posted to her Twitter account: “I don’t regret this, but I am declining on the grounds that they filed this affidavit a while back, they were aware that there was a matter where they will be appearing, they were aware that my name is cited in a court document and I am a public figure…I was ambushed by a newspaper on Sunday with a violent headline which sent shockwaves through my family and loved ones.”
Yooo, I’m so bad at editing but I owe u and update. I’m so thankful for all your messages of support. Keep them coming, your prayer are everything. Salute to #SueUsAll ♥️ Here is the latest #PennyRespondstoDjFresh for a longer version on instagram 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/HSIxVnUeQB
— PennyLebyane💚AppRadioMama (@PennyLebyane) July 22, 2020