Emtee, DJ Maphorisa both lucky after girlfriends drop assault charges

South African celebrities DJ Maphorisa and Emtee are lucky to be saved from embarrassment and possible conviction after both had their assault charges dropped by their respective girlfriends.

It now seems the trend in South Africa as more women continue in abusive relationships.

This follows after assault charges against rapper Mthembeni Ndevu- better known as Emtee, have reportedly been dropped by his wife, Nicole Chinsamy.

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The rapper handed himself over to the police on March 8, 2023, and was charged with assault. According to Nicole, Emtee allegedly assaulted her on Valentine’s Day while she was 7 months pregnant.

“Show them what you did to me, how you beat me up on Valentine’s Day here’s the proof,” said a disgruntled Nicole during a heated argument with the rapper.

According to Sunday World, Emtee is a free man as he has been cleared of assault charges against Nicole.

The award-winning rapper appeared at the Midrand Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 2 May. According to a statement shared by the publication, Nicole said she withdrew the gender-based violence (GBV) case against him.

According to Nicole, she forgives the Manado hitmaker in the interest of their two children, Avery and Logan, as well as their unborn child.

“On 03/03/2023, I opened a common assault case under domestic violence against my husband Mthembeni Ndebele. He was arrested on 08/03/2023. Therefore, I hereby wish to withdraw the charges against Mthembeni Ndevu. I forgave him for the sake of my kids,” reads the statement.

She added “I was happy and satisfied with the investigation and the court proceedings up to this far.”

The rapper’s lawyer, Dumisani Motsamai, said although they are happy about the withdrawal, they have mixed emotions because Emtee has been deprived of proving his innocence in court.

“There will always be this cloud hanging over his head that he is a woman basher regardless of the charges being withdrawn. This is the image he will forever carry in the court of public opinion. The withdrawal of the charges by the complainant is there- fore met with mixed emotions by the accused,” his lawyer wrote in a statement to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Additionally, the rapper’s team rejected anger management classes proposed by the NPA.

“A diversion programme, whilst not necessarily a form of punishment, is nevertheless a form of corrective measure aimed at rehabilitating a past offender.

“It is an intervention that is typically offered as an alternative sentence to accused people whom the court believes ought to be afforded an opportunity to be corrected and thereafter be reintegrated back to society.

“For reasons already set out extensively above, the accused in this instance does not tick the box,” Motsamai wrote.

Similarly, award-winning musician and producer Themba Sekowe, affectionately known as DJ Maphorisa, has been granted bail of R4,000 and released after Thuli Phongolo reportedly withdrew charges against him.

The _Abelele _hitmaker was arrested Sunday night after his girlfriend, actress Thuli Phongolo, laid charges of assault at the Sandton police station.

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Sekowe made his first appearance at the Randburg Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon after spending a night in police custody.

State prosecutor Collin Sono confirmed in court that Phongolo issued a withdrawal statement to drop the assault charges against Sekowe.

However, the magistrate Clement Mukhodobyane told the accused that bail conditions would remain effective until charges were officially dropped.

The National Prosecuting Authority is yet to confirm whether Phongolo has officially withdrawn the charges. If not, he will return to court on 14 June.

In an article published by the Sunday World, Phongolo accused Sekowe of man-handling and aggressively grabbing her by the neck.

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