Early last year singer Cici spent hours in hospital after allegedly being abused by 999 record label owner Arthur Mafokate, and as the musician's scars have since healed, she is still dealing with the emotional scars.
Cici got her first big break into the music industry through record label 999 Music, and as she is grateful for the impact the label has had on her career, in a recent interview on Trending SA, the musician said that their contribution to her career wasn't gonna stop her from speaking up about the matter.
"I will forever be grateful to that label for putting me on, I think a lot of people think because of what happened and the way that I am speaking about it, they think I'm trying to take away from what they've achieved in the industry and that's not it, I think for me it's about principle and that you cannot do something to someone and think you can get away with it..."
Cici has since sought professional help, however, as the case is still on trial, going to court still makes her healing process harder.
"...I am healing but it's a bit difficult because you have to go to court and it's like a back and forth..."
The musician got emotional when reflecting on the first time she decided to speak up about the alleged abuse, saying that she thought about setting an example for people that look up to her.
"I remember coming out and people were like: "Aren't you scared, you're a celebrity' and I was like: 'before I'm a celebrity, I'm actually human, the people that actually follow my music need to understand that we are human and we experience the same things that they go through and so I would've not done justice to the people - to the young people and woman especially - to not come out and speak out about this, because they listen to my music, and what kind of example do I then set if I protect the perpetrator, so for me it was then important..."
Speaking on Babes Wodumo's alleged abuse which she reportedly suffered in the hands of her longtime boyfriend Mampintsha, Cici said that she had heard rumours about it earlier, however, never took the matter seriously.
"They're not personal friends of mine, I wasn't aware, but I've heard, but I thought, people in the industry just talk, but at the end of the day, for me it's up to Babes Wodumo...the ball is in her court, we can be behind her and say all the things but if she's not saying anything then all that we do is in vain...it's up to her."
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