The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it will not prosecute popular DJs Thato "Fresh" Sikwane and Themba "Euphonik" Nkosi for rape charges laid against them. The NPA said the decision to not prosecute was taken because of lack of evidence.
A woman opened a case against the pair in January after accusing them of drugging and raping her in 2011 after a party in Sunnyside, Pretoria.
“With regards to the DJs Fresh and Euphonik matter, the docket was indeed presented to the prosecutor. Upon perusal of all the available evidence in the docket, a decision not to prosecute was taken. There are no prospects of successful prosecution on the available evidence, because the evidence is insufficient,” said NPA spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana.
This after DJ Fresh and Euphonik released a joint statement on Monday announcing that the charges against them were withdrawn.
“We are pleased to state that, after consideration all of the evidence collected while investigating the claim made against us, the chief prosecutor has dismissed the allegations on the basis that the allegations are without merit,” said their statement.
“As we said before, these are false allegations and we are deeply saddened that GBV [gender-based violence], a serious crisis in South Africa, was weapomised in this manner,” the two DJs added.
A few weeks ago Primedia-owned 94.7 radio station terminated Fresh and Euphonik's job contracts because of the allegations, though Primedia maintained the company was not judging the two.