Gender-based violence (GBV) called Women For Change has taken to social media to call out radio stations, television channels, DJs and fans to stop supporting AKA by not playing his music or ads under the hashtag #MuteAKA.
This comes after Sunday newspapers and online publications revealed damning and disturbing footage and images alleging to the nature of the rapper’s relationship to his late fiance Anele ‘Nelli’ Tembe.
Even though AKA has released a statement claiming to have had “ups and downs” in his relationship with his late partner, social media users are now convinced that there is more AKA is hiding and that he was an abusive partner.
In an attempt to calm the storms, Tony Forbes came to AKA’s defense on Instagram under the comments section when Women For Change urged followers and the entertainment industry to mute AKA.
“You want to mute him so that you don’t have to listen to the other side of the story? You want to take away a man’s bread and butter on the basis of an unnamed source who sent images showing him breaking down a door, nothing more? Have you actually engaged the verifiable facts? Does your justice for women include the principles of transparency, the truth, process and fairness? If so, fight first to hear all the facts on both sides. Demand that before you condemn him. No one is hiding here or running away. Demand it from the tabloids. If you do not subscribe to the principles mentioned, what differentiates you from a vigilante group? And is this really the change for women in South Africa you are after?” Tony wrote.
When asked if he had seen the viral photos and videos, he responded by saying that he knows more than what we have seen in those videos.
“I did see it. I do also know more than what appears in that video. I am saying exactly what you are accusing me of. Don’t be shallow, look deeper before you judge.”