AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
TOP South African DJs Fresh and Euphonik, who lost their jobs following allegations of rape, will not be prosecuted, the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) has confirmed.
Fresh and Euphonik, real names Thato Sikwane and Themba Nkosi released a joint statement on social media, saying that the rape charges laid against them have been dismissed by NPA)
The rape charges were laid last month, after a woman accused the South African DJs of the rape on a Twitter thread.
In the joint statement, Fresh and Euphonic said the NPA had issued a “Nolle prosequi”ruling, which translates to “will not prosecute” in Latin.
Their joint statement said: “We are pleased to state that after considering all of the evidence collected while investigating the claims made by [sic] against us, the Chief Prosecutor has dismissed the allegations on the basis that the allegations are without merit.”
“As we’ve said before, there are false allegations and we are deeply saddened that GBV, a serious crisis in South Africa, was weaponised in this manner. A huge thank you to all of our family, friends, supporters and to our legal team.”
NPA Gauteng spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the decision was taken because there were no prospects of a successful prosecution on the available evidence. their claim could not be corroborated by the NPA, which could not be reached for comment.
The development came after both DJs parted ways with their employer 947, which is owned by Primedia Broadcasting.
Fresh and Euphonik did not disclose what their future plans are. They announced last week that they would resume their public engagements.