Euphonik screenshot raises questions – Is it real?
Themba ‘Euphonik’ Nkosi is the subject of banter after a group of Twitter Sherlocks picked apart a screenshot he posted, supposedly vindicating him and Thato ‘DJ Fresh’ Sikwane from allegations of sexual assault and statutory rape.
Euphonik claims accuser ‘made the whole story up’
Rape charges pressed against the two staple House veterans were withdrawn this week. Per Sowetan, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) turned away the case docket, making a decision that the evidence collected showed “no prospects of successful prosecution.”
In short, the investigation yielded no solid proof linking the duo to the accuser. For Euphonik and Fresh, this was all the vindication they needed to cleanse their name from such disparaging accusations.
“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,” the pair wrote in a joint statement.
This development has not changed their current relationship with their former employers, Primedia Broadcasting. From what we understand, the radio network has maintained its position in parting ways with the duo, for the sake of prioritising business imperatives.
“We believe that this decision is in the best interest of our company and our various stakeholders.”Geraint Crwys-Williams, Interim CEO of Primedia Broadcasting said.
Was this a real screenshot?
As the virtual world was moving on from this saga, Euphonik took to Twitter on Saturday to post a screenshot of a WhatsApp message he had allegedly received from the accuser.
In it, the woman known as Nampree allegedly pleaded with the DJ to help her get out of a mess she apparently made up.
“Themba I’m sorry for what I did to you and DJ Fresh… It was all a lie and I don’t know what [to] do bc (sp) nyani I’m scared I’m going to be arrested,” she supposedly wrote.
On a serious note. Before things really get out of hand. Can this girl's family and friends help her before she hurts anyone else or herself? Unfortunately, my sister you’ve said, done and damaged way too much to expect any level of help from me. pic.twitter.com/EJ8suGYmHd— Euphonik™♛ (@euphonik) February 27, 2021
This gob-smacking admission — alleged, of course — has since divided social media. Some believe Euphonik photoshopped the image, pointing at certain inconsistencies in the WhatsApp features of his device compared to others.
Is it not suppose to show "block" or "add" like mine on this photo especially when the number is appearing on the app for the first time? pic.twitter.com/MqzHu7XNV2— Sagittarian. (@uMaZwane) February 27, 2021
The distance between the padlock and encryption message 😭😭— Enden? 🤔 (@KeNnaTshidi) February 27, 2021
Others believed that it would be too much of an effort for a vindicated man to photoshop a conversation.
She must point out "PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME TO DO IT"— Dungi 🔮 (@danny_dungi) February 27, 2021
Nampree has vehemently denied ever reaching out to the DJ, claiming that she “doesn’t even have this man’s number to text him.”
I don't even have this man's number for me to text him!!— ❤ (@Nampree) February 27, 2021
The move from Euphonik, suffice it to say, was a botch — true or not. People stand with Nampree.
I believe @Nampree and that’s the hill I’m willing to die on!— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) February 22, 2021