by Cece Smith

In light of the many cases of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa; DJ Black Coffee took to social media to urge all men and boys to attend the “Not our women” march in Soweto on 15 June 2020.
While many agreed to support the march, some were uncomfortable with the title “Not our women” as it presented an image of men owning women or women belonging to men.

Woman’s Rights Activist and Feminist Rosie Motene also voiced out her concerns about Black Coffee supporting such a cause when he remained mum after one of his own, his manager Amaru da Costa was named as an alleged abuser a former colleague and Public Relations Officer Bonnie Meslane.
“It is great to take a stand and it is needed but the issue is much deeper than attending a march,” said Rosie.
“As a man, when allegations of rape have surfaced against other men in your circle, what did you do? Let us start with your friend and colleague Amaru da Costa.”

It is great to take a stand and it is needed but the issue is much deeper than attending a march. As a man, when allegations of rape have surfaced against other men in your circle, what did you do? Let us start with your friend and colleague Amaru da Costa. https://t.co/r2KsQDbomm

— Rosie Motene- Pan African feminist! 🏳️🌈 (@RosieMotene) June 14, 2020

Bonnie said Black Coffee and other artists knew of the allegations against Amaru at the time, but chose not to take a stand.
“Also… Amaru as a manager at Soulistic Music was abusive to not only me but many people that worked there and if he didn’t like you, you would get fired,” she wrote.
“Nathi knew about this. What did he do? I love him, always looked up to him as a big brother but he let us down kudala.”

I have so much to say about this…to you. I have reached out to you before. You know about Amaru and what he did to me. You never said a word. Maybe it wasn’t your place… but yeah… ☹️ https://t.co/u93WNP9qx1

— Masixole (@sisboniswa) June 14, 2020

Also… Amaru as a manager at Soulistic Music was abusive to not only me but many people that worked there and if he didn’t like you, you would get fired. Nathi knew about this. What did he do? I love him, always looked up to him as a big brother but he let us down kudala

— Masixole (@sisboniswa) June 14, 2020

Rosie says Bonnie went to the police to open a case in February 2019 but the case still remains on ice.
“I can bear witness that they delayed her and failed her. I was even in the NPA office when the NPA rep admitted that they have way too many cases and are not coping. Too many cases fall through the cracks due to these and many other issues.”

Bonnie went to the police, I can bare witness that they delayed her and failed her. I was even in the NPA office when the NPA rep admitted that they have way too many cases and are not coping. Too many cases fall through the cracks due to these and many other issues.

— Rosie Motene- Pan African feminist! 🏳️🌈 (@RosieMotene) June 14, 2020

He can attempt to sue me again, I will die saying the same thing and i won’t stop saying it.

— Masixole (@sisboniswa) June 14, 2020

Last year, Public Relations officer Bonnie took to social media to expose the alleged rape in the hands of Amaru Da Costa.
“Exactly a year after he raped me, I bump into him at Universal Music, he stood behind my desk, I turned around, he was starring at me. He doesn’t scare me, I starred right back and he left,” she wrote.
She said despite opening a case, no arrest s were made.
“Boyfriends are capable of rape too. The police did me dirty too and said I have no evidence. I am on antidepressants, seeing my therapist weekly. He threatened to sue me. He can go ahead. They want me to apologize to him for refusing to be silenced by him. They want me to vow not to ever mention him. I opened a case which the police failed to investigate,” she said. 

Efforts to reach the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) for comment have been unsuccessful.
Picture: Black Coffee/Instagram 

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