The family of the woman who accused DJ Fresh and Euphonik of rape is calling for DJ Fresh to retract a statement they say was made to damage the accuser’s reputation.

In a tweet on Tuesday [February 16], DJ Fresh responded to another user’s tweet claiming the accuser was a ‘pathological liar’. In response, he claimed a family member of the accuser feels the same way and had told him so.

According to the DJ, real name Thato Sikwane, a friend of the accuser had also confirmed under oath that the accuser was lying. According to DJ Fresh, the friend was said to be with the accuser during the alleged incident but says she was never there and does not have any knowledge of this incident.

In a Tweet, Euphonik also called the accuser a “lying extortionist”. He also claims he never met her and thus did not rape her.

The family has since released a statement on Thursday in response to DJ Fresh’s “extremely dangerous claims”.

“The Madikizela family wants to make it absolutely clear that at NO point did ANY family member call DJ Fresh to state such. The Madikizela family is distressed at these false claims and rejects these with contempt,” reads the statement.

“This is a clear example of slander and defamation of character to damage our daughter’s reputation, character and integrity.”

Their statement continued: “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 is calling on DJ Fresh to retract these claims immediately, or he must publish the name of the relative who allegedly made these comments.

“He cannot be naive to think that he can publish such malicious allegations about our daughter and still have the privilege to hide his source,” adds the statement.

The two DJs were initially taken off air in January after a woman opened a case of rape against them. She accused the two of drugging and raping her in 2011.

“@DJFreshSA @euphonik will you ever acknowledge drinking (sic) me & further raping me?” the woman posted on Twitter on January 11.”I was completely drugged I don’t whether you BOTH raped me or 1 of you did and you later laughed about it the next morning saying we (me and three girls) were so drunk we kept blacking out.”

In 2020, another woman posted allegations against one of the DJs on social media. She claimed that DJ Fresh had raped her. He had successfully pursued an injunction in court, and this forced her to remove all social media posts regarding the incident.

Fresh and Euphonik denied the allegations, calling them “hurtful and false” according to TshisaLIVE but refused to provide further comment once the case had been confirmed by police.

Both DJs parted ways with their previous employer Primedia Broadcasting earlier in February.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)  announced on Monday [February 15] that they would not be prosecuting DJ Fresh and Euphonik as there was insufficient evidence.

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