Fresh said that Ntsiki Mazwai was contacted by his legal team and asked to remove the unsubstantiated post. She declined to do so.
“The matter was escalated as the information posted was not only false, it was significantly, personally harmful and hurtful to me and m,y family. I rarely respond to false accusations because often in doing so, it provides the perpetrator with a sense of legitimacy.
“However, for someone to post something so damaging – especially as it directly subverts my work on behalf of a cause so close to my heart – I felt moved to take a public stand,” said Fresh.
Fresh said that he would certainly have wished for the matter to be settled in a better and more private manner.
“However, when the falsehoods were not rescinded, I felt my only option was to take it before the due diligence of our court system,” said Fresh.
Fresh said that the fight against GBV is one of the most insidious and devastating challenges South Africa faces.
“It requires us all to stand together in solidarity against the perpetrators. We cannot allow the voices of the many real and legitimate victims to be invalidated – or undermined by the public perpetuation of false stories or unsubstantiated claims,” said Fresh.
Fresh said that as someone who has been in the entertainment industry for over two decades, he strives to serve as a voice for, and ally of, the unheard and disaffected.
“I know also, that as a man I can never presume to fully understand the physical and psychological impact of Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) on women. However, as a son, husband, and father, I feel strongly motivated to stand against GBV in every form,” said Fresh.
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