DJ Maphorisa and Thuli Phongolo

DJ Maphorisa and Thuli Phongolo. Images via Instagram @djmaphorisa, @thuliphongolo

Mom ‘made’ Thuli Phongolo open assault case against Maphorisa

Sources have revealed that Thuli Phongolo decided against her boyfriend DJ Maphorisa’s arrest on the same night she pressed charges.

DJ Maphorisa and Thuli Phongolo

DJ Maphorisa and Thuli Phongolo. Images via Instagram @djmaphorisa, @thuliphongolo

A source has revealed that actress Thuli Phongolo wanted to withdraw the assault charges against her boyfriend DJ Maphorisa on the same day she opened the case – Sunday World reports.

Maphorisa – real name Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe – was arrested on Sunday, 7 May. He was released on R4 000 bail after his court appearance the following day.

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On Sunday, City Press reported that the 29-year-old Rockville actress had opened a case of gender-based violence (GBV) against the BlaqBoy Music record label owner.

The publication reported that the assault incident took place at the actress’ apartment in Sandton, Johannesburg.

“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.

The actress reportedly sustained bruises on her neck, chest, arms and right cheek.

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DJ Maphorisa's case
Thuli Phongolo and DJ Maphorisa. Images from Twitter and Facebook@thuli_p @djmaphorisa


Speaking to Sunday World, the source alleged that Thuli’s mom encouraged her to open a case against Maphorisa. However, she quickly changed her mind and wanted to withdraw her charges the same night.

“She was made to open the case by her mother. She later regretted it and then arrived at the police station at night when Maphorisa was arrested and tried to withdraw the case, so that Maphorisa could go home but the police refused,” said the source.

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Another source claimed that the couple were fighting over a man who had made advances towards the former Generations: The Legacy actress at a gig the night before.

The stranger alleged bought drinks for her table and promised to send her money. His advances are reportedly what angered Maphorisa, causing the couple to argue in front of everyone.


On Monday, the court heard that Thuli had filed a withdrawal statement – meaning she does not want to continue with the case and wants the charges dropped.

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Magistrate Clement Mukhodobwane said the bail condition was that the accused should not have direct or indirect communication with the complainant.

“Phongolo filed a withdrawal statement and was before court to which she agreed for the accused to be released on bail. The court set bail at an amount of R4 000,” spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Gauteng, Phindi Mjonondwane said.

Thuli’s plea, however, has not yet been finalised as the NPA will still investigate, among other things, if she did not file the withdrawal under duress. The case has been postponed to 14 June.