Actress Amanda du-Pont called for more alleged victims to speak out against Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye in her emotional video on Thursday and more women have heeded her call.
Du-Pont’s Instagram video, where she accuses Jub Jub of raping her, trying to kill her and other disturbing claims, has been viewed over a million times on Instagram.
And now, spokesperson for Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Masechaba Khumalo, has tweeted that Jub Jub raped her too.
“It happened in Mama Jackie’s house in Naturena. He was my boyfriend. I was a teenager. I was a virgin.” Du-Pont also alleges that the first time Jub Jub sexually assaulted her, she was a virgin.
Musician Bonokuhle Mtsweni claims she is Jub Jub’s cousin and she posted on Instagram that it’s “time” to tell her side of the story.
She posted that Jub Jub allegedly raped her when she was 17 or 18 years old.
Amanda responded: “Well there you have it, not surprised. We are starting a movement and we will fight for our rights.”
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Many celebrities and Twitter users have taken to social media to support Du-Pont after her claims. One of them was Mohale Motaung.
But he was met with backlash. Some people said he is only supporting Du-Pont because Jub Jub is his estranged husband Somizi Mhlongo’s friend.
Responding to the claim, he tweeted: “Maybe show yourself and stop tweeting from a burner account, then you and I can have this conversation. For now, FUCK OFF.”
Actress Terry Pheto said: “Imagine surviving hell and working hard to heal and move on gracefully, only to [be] targeted and ridiculed by the perpetrator.”
Pheto was not happy that some people tagged Jub Jub in her tweet.
Outspoken on many issues, Pearl Thusi addressed the denial and refusal by some men to believe Du-Pont’s story.
She said the comments showed that “South African men don’t understand the idea of accountability at all. It’s shocking”.
Thusi had to fend off critics who said she was generalising the issue of gender-based violence and that not all men are trash.
The conversation was the biggest topic on social media on Friday. It then shifted to the issue of consent.
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As questions mounted on why Du-Pont stayed for so long despite the actress explaining that she feared for her life if she left, Thuso Mbedu urged people to watch Du-Pont’s full video.
There were growing calls for our justice system to support and listen to victims. Du-Pont mentioned she tried to lay a charge at the police station but the officer did not assist her because “too many women go back to their abuser”.
Jub Jub has been suspended by Moja Love. The channel said they do not condone gender-based violence, “in any way and under any circumstances”.
The Citizen once again reached out to Jub Jub’s team but calls or emails weren’t answered at the time of writing.