Arthur Mafokate. Picture Ian Landsberg/African New Agency (ANA)
Johannesburg - Arthur Mafokate has been axed from his position as non-executive director of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) board

The organisation confirmed the music producer's removal, which came on the musician's birthday.

According to the board, it discussed various matters facing the organisation and the uppermost on its agenda was Mafokate's position, in light of the serious assault accusations levelled against him.

Mafokate has been on trial for the alleged assault trial of his ex-girlfriend, Busisiwe “Cici” Twala, who alleged that Mafokate dragged her alongside his car.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Samro spokesperson Andile Ndlovu confirmed the removal of the star following c onsultations with the Kwaito star since the allegations surfaced.

"In these consultations, the organisation's stance on gender-based violence was discussed and made explicit," said Ndlovu in a statement.

"The grievous allegations against Mafokate go to the heart of the violations that South African women face on a daily basis. We are sensitive to the unique and added vulnerabilities faced by women in the music industry specifically, which need to be addressed collectively and urgently by all pillars of the industry."

Ndlovu further added that: "Samro strongly and unequivocally condemns any violence, and especially those perpetrated against women. This is something each member of our organisation, including the board, is aware of".

Mafokate and Twala meanwhile, are expected in Midrand Magistrates' court on Wednesday morning.

The Star