DRUM responds to Bonang cover drama

2012-07-16 14:42
Cape Town - DRUM editor Makhosazana 'Khosi' Zwane-Siguqa has written a letter voicing her "disappointment" at the heated reader response to their most recent cover story about Bonang Matheba's rocky relationship with DJ Euphonik.

The 19 July issue of the magazine features model and TV presenter Bonang on the cover and features the coverline "Exclusive: Claims on how Euphonik is out to get her after she reported alleged assault – Plus his response" – but Bonang took to her Twitter to say that she was never interviewed by DRUM for the story.

On Saturday, Bonang tweeted:
Many readers then took to DRUM's Facebook page to criticise the magazine for their coverage of the story.

Khosi responded on DRUM's website to clear things up, writing: "Friends, I have noted with much disappointment some comments posted on Twitter and Facebook regarding our cover star Bonang Matheba. While Bonang Matheba did not avail herself for an interview I personally met with her legal representatives to discuss the merits of our story.

"DRUM's values are integrity, professionalism, respect and ubuntu," the letter continues, and Khosi also warned that any "misinformed judgement" or "derogatory remarks" posted against Bonang or Euphonik would be removed from DRUM’s social media platforms such as Facebook.

An irate Bonang fan @MoffatMok tweeted to the star: @DrumMagazine has clearly just decided to become a douchebag publication...well done @KhosiandherDrum!

To which Bonang responded: two FULL pages of lies!! [sic]

Bonang and ex-boyfriend Themba Nkosi, better known by his stage name DJ Euphonik, are currently embroiled in a court case after Bonang laid charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, domestic violence and malicious damage to property against the 5FM DJ.

Euphonik has denied the charges against him. His case is being heard at the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

Bonang is "taking time out" in New York at the moment, reports City Press.
* DRUM and Channel24 are both Media24 publications.


  • denise.knight.7121 - 2012-07-16 15:09

    I never know that Drum didn't interview the people they write about. I know that the gutter-press do things like that, but...Drum? Damn. That in itself is disappointing.

      chez.kri - 2012-07-17 09:12

      Drum is the same magazine as You and Huisgenoot. Not sure why anyone would be surprised at tabloid gutter press from them?

  • fran.aphane - 2012-07-16 15:21

    So bored, will never buy the mag again ever. How can you not be original in the technological world that we are living in today? You should have had a simple telephone interview with her and record it just to make sure that everything you write can be scrutinized there after. Sies man, so Drum is also a tabloid that will do anything just to get the story. SO disappointed!

  • hhlabolotrading - 2012-07-16 15:22

    I think a bold public apology on the next edition of the Magazine will at least do some good to Bonang's image,while at the same time ,it will teach us a lesson or two going forth

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-07-16 16:24

    Who are these people?

      andrew.whale.39 - 2012-07-16 16:33

      You should be asking yourself "Why am I here and not on 4chan?".

  • magomarele - 2012-07-16 16:43

    Bonang's legal representatives were acting on her behalf, so nothing amiss about what Drum wrote. Bonang should take this issue up with her own legal representative, not Drum. She must not start behaving like Rhihanna of some sort here.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-16 18:32

    Was Drum in such a rush to write this story that they interviewed 3rd parties? What are would legal reps doing discussing their client's issues anyway? Isn't that illegal? I say sue both drum and get the lawyers disbarred!! Drum even puts her on the front page?? Why does the media feast on peoples difficulties?

  • olivia.karnak - 2012-07-18 16:14

    YAWN #extra big wide mouth#

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