The worst part is that my own adopted parents might have fucking killed me in that way. “The saddest periods of my upbringing are me looking back on everything that I truly did endure.
The ex-son of Die Antwoord, Gabriel “Tokkie” du Preez, admitted as much in a recently released interview shot by the band’s longtime filmmaker, Ben Jay Crossman: “I was afraid… that damaged me. At age 9, Crossman first encountered Tokkie, a bright, ambitious actor, while he was making his way home from school in Fietas, Vrededorp, Johannesburg.
Crossman took a picture of Tokkie during this first encounter, and in 2013, Ninja and Yolandi of Die Antwoord would adopt Tokkie as a foster child. Later on, he would star in many of their contentious music videos.
The interview, which was published on April 19 on Crossman’s YouTube channel and later appeared on the South African news network News24, describes a violent and groomed childhood as well as numerous serious accusations of child abuse against Die Antwoord, including neglect, exposure to pornography, drugs, and blood rituals.
Tokkie claims that his fear for his 14-year-old sister Meisie, who is legally still in Die Antwoord’s custody even though she is presently living with another family in Johannesburg, is what prompted him to open up about his experiences.
Tokkie described in the exclusive interview how he, Meisie, and his brother Adriaan frequently engaged in acts of child abuse during his upbringing. Tokkie claims that while in Ninja and Yolandi’s care, he was frequently rewarded for breaking the law, acting badly, and engaging in physical fights.
He recalls one terrible incident in which the two applauded him for repeatedly stabbing his own brother and then forced him to relive the trauma by including him in the music video “DntTakeMe4aPoes,” which was based on the violent accident.
It’s not healthy for Ninja and them to applaud my involvement in the crime. If I had just stabbed my brother, how many times might I have been sentenced to prison for attempted murder? The following day, I visited my brother in the hospital, and it hurt me to see him with pipes in him draining the blood from the internal hemorrhage, Tokkie stated. “I started to cry and just went right away… I still have dreams about it. It haunts me, and I can’t get rid of it.
According to Tokkie, he was also given cannabis and mushrooms and was frequently in the company of users of other hard drugs. He claims that Yolandi, his adopted mother, forced him to stare at her naked body by continuously asking him to stay in her bedroom with her.
Tokkie and her sister Meisie were frequently taken to a subpar, improvised “hospital” to have blood collected for ceremonies. Both kids are accused of being made to engage in blood rituals while only wearing their underpants, soot, and artificial blood and skin.
Additionally, both kids were repeatedly instructed to strip off their clothes and enter a sauna with their adoptive parents and other naked adults.
What worries me right now is that every time Ninja buys my sister new clothes, he makes her undress in front of him. She is asked to get dressed in front of him. Really, though? I informed the guardians of Meisie that I do not want her to travel to Cape Town. She is vulnerable to anything, Tokkie stated.
After losing touch with Ninja and Yolandi for two years, the couple’s now-20-year-old ex-son is now living with his brother Adriaan at the Fietas home of his late mother.
By renovating the house their mother left behind after she passed away from cancer in 2015, Tokkie and his brother are currently seeking to create a secure and supportive home for their sister. Tokkie frequently writes on Instagram about cleaning the house and his hopes to start acting and modeling soon.
Crossman expressed regret for “not speaking up earlier” about the degree of abuse he saw while in Ninja and Yolandi’s care in a message to News24. He attributed his reluctance to their notoriety and way of life, which he claimed made him unaware of the truth of what was happening.
According to reports, Crossman has deposed an affidavit under oath and that he is ready to testify against Tokkie’s former adoptive parents. According to News24, Die Antwoord only officially responded, “Die Antwoord don’t agree with Tokkie’s claims,” to a long list of accusations made against them by their agent Scumeck Sabottka of MCT-Agentur in Berlin.