Actress and TV personality Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa has applied for a protection order against estranged husband Black Coffee after he allegedly slapped her hand during a disagreement.
In a thread on Twitter, Black Coffee has denied ever laying a hand on Enhle.
Enhle has responed in a statement she shared on social media.
“In the ongoing matter between myself and my estranged husband, Nkosinathi Maphumulo I would like to break my silence. I feel it is paramount for me to not only defend myself against the misrepresentation and counter accusations being made but to also put an end to the cycle of abuse that I have continued to face at his commission,” she wrote.
“For the most part, I have been silent in an effort to amicably resolve these challenges within my marriage as well as to limit the effects of a toxic environment on my growing children. However, as I have grown to realise, the cycle of abuse is ongoing and relentless as it feeds off of fear,” she adds.
Enhl sasy unlike before, she is no longer afraid.
“I am no longer fearful, and it is with this renewed sense of self that I wish to recount the numerous incidents on which he has beaten, berated, rendered me broken and unworthy. I have within the marriage and now as an estranged spouse endured gaslighting, emotional, verbal abuse, physical abuse and financial abuse at his behest. The extent of the turmoil I experienced in the marriage as a result of the abuse and the extra marital affairs were so severe that I was admitted into a facility and was treated for depression,” she says.
She describes the five years as horrible.
“The last (5) years have been filled with agony and my children have been the unfortunate witnesses to these incidents of abuse in our home. Below are examples of incidents of abuse that have taken place:
In 2014 at our previous residence, he struck me several times in our bedroom. In 2019 after his Music is King event at our new residence, he threw a bag at my face during an argument. Guests at my 33rd birthday celebration witnessed him attack me,” she says.
“Since the beginning of our divorce proceedings, he has continually used intimidation and financial muscle in an attempt silence me. I stand firm in my assertions; I would never exploit domestic violence and waste the courts time for my own benefit. It is my sole wish to ensure that by me speaking out about my experience amongst so many other voices that a more determined and unbiased approach to the resolution.”