Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known by his stage name of DJ Black Coffee, leaves the Randburg Magistrate’s Court accompanied by bodyguards. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known by his stage name of DJ Black Coffee, leaves the Randburg Magistrate’s Court accompanied by bodyguards. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Black Coffee breaks silence on abuse allegations: ‘I did not assault Mbali’

By Kedibone Modise Time of article published Apr 13, 2021

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Nkosinathi “Black Coffee” Maphumulo denies all domestic abuse allegations levelled against him by his estranged wife, Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa, who recently filed a restraining order against him.

The “Rockville” actress has accused Black Coffee of allegedly assaulting her at her 33rd birthday dinner at their Sandton home in March.

The alleged incident took place during Mbali’s weekend-long birthday celebration at the former couple’s home, in full view of the guests.

On Monday, the Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard an application for a protection order preventing Black Coffee from entering his former marital home.

Mlotshwa alleged that the “Superman” hitmaker slapped her on the wrist during an altercation.

“It is my duty as a woman to not only fight for myself but for every single woman in South Africa,“ said Mlotshwa.

Actress and fashion designer Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa is seen with supporters at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

She added: “The time is now. I believe that this is one step closer to achieving justice for the perpetrators who have subjected women in this country to GBV (gender-based violence).

“By saying that, I am reminded about Reeva Steenkamp and all the other women who have and who are still suffering from GBV.”

While the judgment in the matter between the former couple has been reserved by the court, Black Coffee hit back at the domestic violence allegations.

In a series of tweets, the international DJ strongly denied the abuse allegations, insisting that he never laid a hand on his estranged wife and mother of his children.

“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. Every day I am attacked by relentless lies and falsehoods,” said Black Coffee.

The musician went on to accuse Mlotshwa of “misleading the public”.

He wrote: “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 separate me from my children and our home.”

In another post, he revealed that he grew up in an abusive environment and he chose to do better as an adult.

“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.”

Though their divorce is not finalised, the couple parted ways in 2019.

They tied the knot during a traditional wedding ceremony in 2011 and celebrated their union with a beautiful white wedding ceremony in 2017.

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