Black Coffee. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Award-winning South African – and international – musician DJ Black Coffee has broken his silence on allegations of Gender Based Violence (GBV) made by his estranged wife, actress Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa.

Mlotshwa has filed a protection order against Black Coffee, in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, and has accused the DJ of allegedly assaulting her at their home. The incident apparently occurred when she was celebrating her 33rd birthday with a dinner at their home. The DJ allegedly threatened to end the party by calling the police, and hit her hand and pushed her.

Saying the time is now for SA women to achieve justice against perpetrators of GBV, she referenced murdered Reeva Steenkamp, and said: “It is my duty as a woman to not only fight for myself but for every single woman in South Africa.”

Black Coffee published the following statement on Twitter:

“In the name of respect and dignity for my family and my children I’ve been quiet but now I feel a need to speak. GBV is major issue in our country, every day we read about horrendous crimes committed by men against women and children.

“I personally grew up witnessing GBV in my own household and from a young age I vowed never to allow that to happen again under any circumstances.

“I DID NOT assault Mbali, the mother of my children. I didn’t do it now and I have never done It before.

“It is truly regrettable that she has chosen to mislead the public using the name of GBV and seeking a protection order against me to seperate me from my children and our home.

“Divorce is never easy but for us it has been especially painful and I’ve spent the last 3 years in and out of intense therapy to deal with it privately.
Everyday I am attacked by relentless lies and falsehoods.

“As a law-abiding citizen, I will absolutely observe the demands of the interim order but will categorically oppose the permanent installation of its prescripts and this is why we are currently in court.”

The court case resumes on 28 April.