South African publication Sunday World has come under fire on social media for allegedly defending rape accused entertainers Euphonik and DJ Fresh.
The paper has also been accused of victimising and harassing victims of rape and sexual assault after it published an article titled, “Rape accuser apologises to Euphonik – ‘I am sorry for what I did to you and DJ Fresh, I’m scared“.
Some social media users felt that the article was lacking in objectivity and slammed the paper for seemingly doing a public relations article for Euphonik and DJ Fresh. Others felt that the article was in bad taste as it seemed to question the chastity of the alleged rape victim.
DJ Fresh (real name Thato Sikwane) and DJ Euphonik (real name Themba Nkosi) were fired from their jobs at music radio station 947 by Primedia Broadcasting following the rape allegations. However, the National Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute the pair for the rape which allegedly took place in 2011.
Since then, the pair have launched a publication relations campaign to clear their names. They have received somecriticism for allegedly trying to tarnish the reputation of their accuser and resorting to falsehoods.
Following the publication of the Sunday World article on the pair, black Twitter has focused their wrath on the publication for alleged unethical and shoddy reporting. Some social media users are even reporting the Sunday World to the Press Council over the Euphonik and DJ Fresh article.
Below are some of the responses from social media.
The @PressCouncil_SA must issue a ruling in this blatant revictimization of survivors of sexual violence by @SundayWorldZA and those close to their power. Knowingly relying on a fake message and failure to verify its validity are both unethical. #MuteSundayWorld https://t.co/KxnGUW7jgj
— FemistWarrior Onica N. Makwakwa (@AfroDiva) March 1, 2021
SA is really a paradise for rapists hey. Imagine being defended by the media for such vile acts! Talk about enabling. https://t.co/96S0LNt6fr
— Tragic_Hero 🎭 (@Bryton_Lize) March 1, 2021
Wow you published nonsense and your DJ deleted that tweet as he was lying nxa !!! https://t.co/zHIADHgIuB
— Siya Msomi (@siyabobby) March 1, 2021
I fucking hate newspapers. Genuinely hate them. You know what happened and on Twitter and you still chose to report this? Foolish. https://t.co/6fL5xsnPo0
— u’i (@tunaoshali) March 1, 2021
I’d like to believe that you posted this on Friday but you ran out of data and it only went through now, because WHAT THE FUCK. https://t.co/uh0VbmjOrJ
— Thi`cums (@Nomagugu_B) March 1, 2021
Everybody dying to first but a few willing to be right. So irresponsible. This is why victims don’t come out. https://t.co/O4qHYJbhK7
— Rose’s Daughter (@zizikazi) March 1, 2021
Now it’s a clear attack on the victim, the truth and justice. How the hell does this line of unchecked reporting continue? https://t.co/aA8vNP2Kr2
— Bernard Makhosezwe Magubane (@ROZA_Nangok) March 1, 2021
— Ntsikizayiboni (@ntsikimazwai) March 1, 2021
You are the reason why victims will always opt to remain silent yaz. This is so fukking irresponsible. https://t.co/KKncHIKmxz
— KingLu👑 (@NdinguLucree) March 1, 2021
Euphonik & DJ Fresh are trying so hard for “innocent” people, also we live amongst enablers!!!! Woman you are alone! https://t.co/HKQUyfRG0W
— 🦋 Serurubele 🦋 (@asiphe_mdingi) March 1, 2021
You guys enable rapist and try to sanctify them. This is so upsetting, did whoever that wrote this article care to investigate or at least follow what transpired on the timeline mxm https://t.co/u7dcLJ1f8Q
— Rochelle (@Roo_chelley_) March 1, 2021
Of all the news you could report, you choose something that was proven to be false. https://t.co/MpGPxCsdlO
— Makganyane 🕯️ (@NeoMadime) March 1, 2021
The saddest part about all this is that Sunday World is run by a woman. And yet she’s incorrectly reporting on something that’s unfolded on the TL. 🚮 https://t.co/g8y2S0JChp
— Zanemvula ✨ (@__MaBhuku) March 1, 2021
— 🕸 Spider™ (@Spiderz_007) March 1, 2021
— MamaKaLisana (@justthembi) March 1, 2021
I can’t believe this msunery really, like they just chose to ignore everything else. Maybe one of them has shares on this shitty paper.🤷🏽♀️
— zanda😁 (@ZandaMgumane) March 1, 2021
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