DJ Maphorisa arrested for beating up his girlfriend, Thuli Phongolo. DJ Maphorisa, a South African record producer, musician, and composer, was arrested on Sunday afternoon after being accused of abusing Thuli Phongolo, his girlfriend.
In a statement sworn at the Sandton Police Station by Phongolo, the incident of their assault was detailed.
At the former Generations: The Legacy actress’ Sandton, Johannesburg, apartment, there is suspected evidence of gender-based assault.
The statement, which the magazine has seen, claims that Phongolo contacted Maphorisa about their contentious disagreement from the night before at a performance where he had been scheduled to perform.
Although it is unclear if the two were scheduled to perform together at the same location, Phongolo claims that they started fighting in front of spectators.
DJ Maphorisa arrested for beating up his girlfriend, Thuli Phongolo
“On Sunday 2023/5/7 at about 12pm, I was at my place of residence with my boyfriend, Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe, better known as DJ Maphorisa. I confronted him so that we can talk about our argument, which happened the previous night during his gig,” said Phongolo in the statement.
When she confronted Maphorisa, she claimed that he grew hostile and slapped her in the face. After the face smack, she revealed how he used her as a punching bag.
Phongolo explained in the statement:
He became combative and began to strike me while placing his fists on my chest.
She also informed the police that after assaulting her inside the apartment, he carried her out onto the balcony.
“He held me and took me to the balcony, and grabbed me aggressively by my neck.”
Phongolo continued, “While they were fighting for her phone, which he had taken from her, he kept hitting her with his elbow on the balcony.”
According to the actress and DJ, after he gave her the phone, she called her manager, who brought her to the police station to file a domestic abuse report against him.
Phongolo reportedly had significant neck bruises, according to the cops who witnessed her going to the police station.
She said in her statement that she had injuries on her right cheek, neck, chest, and arms.
Although it’s unknown what started the fight, insiders claim that the couple has been experiencing major issues.
According to a source in the music business, this was not the first time they got into a heated disagreement.
“They had a fight in early December after accusations of infidelity. They had another fight last month but never got to the police station,” revealed the source.
On allegations of assault, Maphorisa is scheduled to appear in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
According to a source close to the two, Maphorisa asked to phone his attorneys while he was being held in the police holding cells.
“He was trying to negotiate a police bail.”