DJ Maphorisa, a popular South African DJ, record producer, musician, and composer, was arrested Sunday afternoon for abusing his girlfriend Thuli Phongolo.
Phongolo deposed at Sandton Police Station about their assault.
The Sandton flat of the former Generations: The Legacy actress allegedly saw gender-based abuse.
Phongolo confronted Maphorisa about their furious dispute at a gig he was due to perform at, the document said.
Phongolo said they argued in front of others, although it is unclear if they were slated to play together.
“On Sunday 2023/5/7 at about 12pm, I was at my place of residence with my boyfriend, Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe, better known as DJ Maphorisa. I confronted him so that we can talk about our argument, which happened the previous night during his gig,” said Phongolo in the statement.
She told the police that when she confronted Maphorisa, he became aggressive and slapped her in the face. She described how he turned her into a punching bag after the slap on the face.
Phongolo detailed in the statement:
He became aggressive and started to punch me with his fists on my chest.
She further told the police that he took her to the balcony after beating her inside the apartment.
“He held me and took me to the balcony, and grabbed me aggressively by my neck.”
Phongolo added that he kept hitting her with his elbow on the balcony while they were fighting for her phone, which he had taken from her.
The actress and DJ said after he gave her the phone, she called her manager, who took her to the police station to open a case of domestic violence against him.
According to the police, who saw her walking to the police station, Phongolo sustained serious bruises on her neck.
She stated in her statement that she had bruises on her neck, chest, arms, and right cheek.
It’s unknown what sparked the argument, but sources claim the two have been having major relationship issues.
According to a source in the music industry, this was not their first furious argument.
“They had a fight in early December after accusations of infidelity. They had another fight last month but never got to the police station,” revealed the source.
Maphorisa is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of assault.
A source close to the two said Maphorisa requested to call his lawyers while he was inside the police holding cells where he was kept.
“He was trying to negotiate a police bail.”