If you’re not familiar with Die Antwoord’s history of abuse, familiarise yourself with it over HERE.
Gabriel Du Preez (Tokkie) was adopted by Waddy Jones and Anri du Toit of Die Antwoord (Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser) when he was 9 years old. Around 2 months ago he did a sit-down interview with South African podcaster, Joshua Rubin. He spoke about his life before Die Antwoord and of course the abuse he suffered at the hands of Jones and Du Toit, doing drugs with Die Antwoord as a kid, treated as a child slave and hanging out with gangsters that were orbiting Die Antwoord’s sphere. He also talks about one of the worst days of his life – when he stabbed his older brother Adri and how this incident was exploited and monetized by Die Antwoord in the form of a music video Please Don’t take me for a Poes, which has been removed from YouTube by Die Antwoord since the truth has surfaced. In fact, Die Antwoord has removed themselves almost completely from the public eye and is now preaching enlightenment in a paranoid cult like fashion to a handful of fans in the small corners of the interwebs from their Discord server. Both Waddy and Anri have changed their entire image – Ninja trying to look like Jesus with baggy linen clothes who now calls himself Babaji and Anri with black braided hair.
Around this time last year, Waddy and Anri were still living at the trendy Dorp Hotel, not as tourists, but as residents, most probably because they were renting out their Higgovale house and using that money to live off and stay at the hotel. Probably also because they failed to sue their record company, BMG for $1m, which as probably half a million dollars short of what they still owe on the bond of their house. After a string of cancelled world tours since 2019, covid19 and a super expensive movie by South African standards (Die Blom van Sokwana), which never made it to the box office, they probably only have some money trickling in from royalties. They essentially cancelled themselves by their predatory and abusive behavior and are conveniently slowly fading away. There are criminal cases open at the South African Police Services concerning Waddy and Anri, but the wheels of justice turn very slowly in South Africa, if they even turn at all.
Every single person who have over the last 4 years spoken out against Die Antwoord’s abusive behavior have been further abused by Die Antwoord’s clueless dwindling international fan base – called clout chasers, ridiculed, slut shamed, victim blamed – the usual and expected behavior. There is Ben Crossman, Zheani, Andy Butler, at least 3 former babysitters, Dionna Dal Monte, Danny Brown, Wanga Jack, Adriaan Basson, Brandon Auret and a bunch of people from the set of the movie Chappie. Google these names if you don’t know them. The list goes on and on. The problem with the backlash and ad hominem attacks these people receive is that it deters others from coming forward. Former dancers were sexually abused by Waddy on their American tour almost a decade ago. They won’t come forward because they see how others are getting treated. There are ex-girlfriends and girls that were in high school that were sexually abused by Waddy Jones in the 90s. Some of them are happily married with kids and understandably don’t want to get involved.
Then there are of course scores of people who witnessed Die Antwoord’s abusive behavior first hand but they would rather wait another decade for everything to die down. Where is G Boy (Cuan van Boom)? Where is DJ Hitek (Justin De Nobrega)? Where is Kezia Eales who worked on almost every music video? Where is Anri’s parents? Waddy’s family? The amount of people that make up this list is rather large, so perhaps an entire article should be dedicated to it at some point to see which roles they played while they pretended to be ostriches…
But back to Tokkie. Ninja and Yo-Landi from Die Antwoord adpoted him as a fashion accessory and exposed him to a life of violence in order to groom him to feature in their music and music videos. After the stabbing incident became public, Ninja from Die Antwoord tried to control the narrative by flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg along with Yo-landi to their Parkhurst home and giving Tokkie R5000 ($250) to basically get the fuck out of their lives forever after they’ve used and discarded him. They did this very publicly and threatened him on camera and posted the video to their own social media. The message Ninja was trying to get across was “Be grateful for everything that I’ve done for you. Don’t out me publicly and in turn, I will buy your silence while showing all our fans what a kind, considerate, and generous person I am”.
Tokkie eventually managed to cut through all the bullshit and finally spoke out in an interview with Benjay Crossman. That was more or less 6 months ago and that interview was conducted over the internet via a third party camera crew. A few weeks ago, the South African podcaster, Joshua Rubin, flew to Johannesburg from Cape Town on his own dime to interview Tokkie in person:
Early this morning, Rubin also published an interview which he did with Edwin Costa from the YouTube channel, Edwin’s Generation. Edwin did a lot of content around Die Antwoord’s controversy and his conversation with Rubin is more or less a recap of some of the incidents and Edwin’s take on it:
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