Local DJ and music producer DJ Cleo, found himself in hot water after he posted photos of himself together with convicted rapist and former kwaito star Brickz.
Taking to Twitter, DJ Cleo posted a collage of pictures with Brickz captioning it: “We all run our own races, he fell along the way….but the race is not over (sic).”
The social media post angered many South Africans including the “Wuz Dat” rapper Boity, who then asked DJ Cleo why he is “defending” a rapist.
The Goodbye hitmaker, did not appreciate Boity Thulo’s criticism very lightly. He immediately clapped back and say he he will not be bullied, he stands by his words. The DJ also dragged Nomzamo Mbatha who was recently criticized for taking a photo with Arthur Mafokate.
“Bakae bo @Boity to motivate our sisters in prisons? Bakae bo mrapper-Sangoma when bo @NomzamoMbatha take pics le bo Arthur…(I’m sorry to drag u into this Sisi Nomzamo). If only u @Boity were as #woke then as u r now, instead of trying to ridicule me (sic),” – DJ Cleo tweeted.
The DJ insisted that his initial tweet was misinterpreted but he “stand by his word”.
“My initial tweet was not about sympathising with a rapist, but supporting a brother and father who was convicted & now serving his sentence. I sympathize with all victims out there. But…I will not be bullied or told how and when to love a brother. I stand by my words (sic),” – Cleo wrote.
Cleo continued to say he has partnered with the correctional services and few other stakeholders to contribute to the positive rehabilitation of similar inmates. If that’s deemed as condoning and supporting criminals then so be it. I refuse to entertain any negative spin to my good deeds.
Image Courtesy: twitter.com/djcleo1
Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.