Die Antwoord

South African band Die Antwoord perform on stage during the 27th Eurockeennes music festival site on July 5, 2015 in Belfort. Image via AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON

Die Antwoord: Where are they a year after ‘child abuse’ claims?

It’s been more than a year since South African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord were accused of child abuse. Where are they now?

Die Antwoord

South African band Die Antwoord perform on stage during the 27th Eurockeennes music festival site on July 5, 2015 in Belfort. Image via AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON

South African rape-rave band Die Antwoord are no strangers to controversy – in fact, it may be their claim to fame.

However, in recent months the group – made up of Watkin Jones and Andri du Toit aka Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser – have seemingly been “cancelled” over allegations of child abuse and exploitation.


After keeping a low profile in 2023, Die Antwoord returned to Instagram to tease their comeback. “Guess who’s back b**hes”, the group captioned a controversial picture of Ninja back in April.

Late last year, the group also released a few new singles, the first since their 2020 album House of Zef.

The musical offering comes just a few months after both Ninja and Yo-Landi were accused of abusing and exploiting their adoptive son Tokkie Gabriel.


Here are just a few scandals linked to the SA group…

Cultural appropriation

Earlier this year, Die Antwoord were accused of cultural appropriation – the act of exploiting or disrespecting elements of another culture or identity. This, after the group participated in the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration or Cape Town Minstrel Carnival.

But their involvement saw a backlash from their followers, who called out the Caucasian hitmakers for participating in a cultural tradition created by colonisers.

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Image via Facebook: Die Antwoord

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Child abuse and neglect

In April 2022, Die Antwoord made headlines for all the wrong reasons after their adopted son Tokkie made a series of allegations against them, including child abuse and neglect.

The now 20-year-old has claimed that his former guardians exposed him to drugs, pornography and sexual activity, violent criminals, and even “black magic” rituals.

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Human trafficking

In 2019, Australian female rapper Zheani Sparkes went public with elaborate allegations that Ninja had drugged, sexually assaulted, and human trafficked her into South Africa.

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According to Sydney Morning Herald, Zheani claims that Ninja also had “aggressive” sex with her against her will.

Ninja and Yo-Landi denied the claims made by Zheani, and accused her of trying to profit from Die Antwoord’s name.


A year later, Ninja was accused of sexual assault again; this time by Italian-American singer Jade Carroll – who is known by her stage name Dionna Dal Monte.

According to the publication, Ninja denied the accusations once again. He said: “I can’t believe that the media is spending its time pursuing these wild and unsubstantiated stories from people who have an obvious agenda and animus against me”.


According to former Die Antwoord videographer Ben Crossman, Ninja had a history of being violent towards women. He recalled one particular incident of Ninja meeting a local band who was their support act in South Africa.

Ben told Sydney Morning Herald: “Ninja grabbed her [the lead singer] by the throat backstage, held her up against a wall and told her how whack she was, how hard she was trying but she wasn’t s**t. He was choking her.

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Ben also recalls Ninja assaulting Yo-Landi ahead of their appearance on The David Letterman Show in 2012 in New York.

He added: “They were trying to come up with the dance moves for the song and Yolandi [Visser] was not getting it right and Ninja hit her really hard”.

The band’s former manager Jay Savage also slammed the groups toxic behaviour. He told the publication: “The behaviour is ferocious, it’s unrepentant, it’s unremorseful. Someone can’t just be told goodbye, they have to be buried in some way.”

Ninja claimed both accusations were “false”.

Connection to violent gangs

In the video interview between Ben Crossman and Tokkie, the latter reveals that as a child, both Ninja and Yo-Landi permitted him to be in the company of a convicted killer gangster: Andre Gideon aka “Anies”.

According to reports, Anies – who belonged to the “Numbers” gang in prison, and “Ugly Americans” gang outside – was dating Yo-Landi in 2013. Anies – a self-confessed hitman – was killed in a drive-by shooting.

According to Tokkie, Die Antwoord encouraged him to befriend Anies, whom he spent extensive time with.


In 2019, Die Antwoord was accused of an alleged hate crime against Andy Butler of band Hercules and Love Affair.

In the clip from 2012 taken at the Future Music concert, Yo-Landi accuses Andy of “groping her” in the bathroom. Ninja then attacks Ben, referring to him with a homophobic slur and spitting in his face.

However, towards the end of the clip, Yo-Landi is seen crying, with Ninja telling her that her “performance” is “Oscar-winning”.

The clip saw the group being canceled as headliners from a number of festivals. Ninja, however, denied that Die Antwoord are homophobic.

He said: “This was just a fight with someone who f**ked with us, not a hate crime. This fight had nothing to do with the fact this guy is gay. We don’t care about people’s sexual preference”.

He also claimed that the clip was “edited”.