South African rapper, Cassper Nyovest has publicly acknowledged that he has increased his security following the death of his best friend, DJ Sumbody, because he no longer feels safe.
DJ Sumbody, real name Oupa Sefoka, was executed by gunmen on November 20, 2022, at the intersection of Woodlands and Woodmead Drive in Johannesburg. More than 40 bullet casings were discovered at the shooting scene, indicating that the gunmen intended to target DJ Sumbody.
The suspects have yet to be found or apprehended by police.
Cassper Nyovest, DJ Sumbody’s close friend, was severely affected by the traumatic event and no longer feels safe.
The rapper got a chance to speak to ZiMoja and opened up about his experience following Sumbody’s death.
When Cassper started talking about his late friend, tears welled up in his eyes, and his voice got shaky.
“Someone was so insensitive and sent me pictures of Sumbody’s body in the car after he was gunned down. I only saw parts of the picture and closed it once I realised what it was. I couldn’t bear to see him in that light.”
DJ Sumbody’s tragic demise was an eye-opener for Cassper Nyovest, and it hit him that as a celebrity, his life is actually in more danger than an ordinary citizen.
Because of that, the rapper ramped up his security to protect his life.
Now Nyovest walks around with bodyguards with big guns and bulletproof vests.
“It’s not safe, man. I have been ignorant for a very long time, and DJ Sumbody’s death woke me and made me realise that we are not safe. His death really f**ked me up.
“I am always walking around with expensive jewellery, and I can’t afford to put my life at risk and tempt people. I also need to remember who I am; I am Cassper Nyovest. I am not just some normal guy who can just walk around freely. I would love to live like that, walk around the streets and not be recognised, but I am not that guy.
“Someone made me realise that this is not the way to go, and Sumbody’s death made me aware that I need to be safe and remember who I am. We spend a lot of money on stupid things, so why not invest in security and knowing that wherever I move, I am a bit safer and everything is controlled?”