DJ Euphonik, whose real name is Themba Nkosi, is currently involved in a legal dispute with one of his baby mamas. The issue revolves around her refusal to grant permission for their children to travel to Dubai and spend time with Euphonik. In response, Euphonik has filed an urgent application in the Johannesburg High Court, seeking an order that would require the woman to sign consent forms allowing the children to travel to Dubai.
According to court papers, Euphonik and the woman split a few years ago but had agreed that she would live with the children, with Euphonik entitled to reasonable access and contact. Euphonik informed the woman on August 19 of his plans to take the children to Dubai so they could experience the theme parks there and bond with their half-siblings.
“I, on October 3 2023, directed correspondence to the respondent calling for the documentation necessary for the children to travel. I specifically called for copies of the minor children’s birth certificates and a signed consent form as is required,” he said in the papers.
Euphonik informed the mother of his plan and obtained permission from the children's schools. He even arranged and paid for their flights and accommodation. However, when he asked the mother for the required documentation and consent forms, she refused to allow the children to travel.
Efforts to reach an agreement failed, and Euphonik had no choice but to involve his lawyers. He requested that the court issue an order allowing the children to travel with his mother, who has a close relationship with them. Euphonik signed an affidavit virtually due to his work commitments in Spain.
“I have no other way to attest to this affidavit due to the urgency of the matter, as the nearest South African consulate is situated some seven hours away in Madrid, Spain.
“I cannot attend due to work requirements.”
However, the mother disputed Euphonik's claims. She argued that the trip would disrupt the children's education and not add any educational value. She believed they would struggle to catch up on missed lessons and deemed the matter not urgent.
The court ultimately dismissed Euphonik's application, ruling in favor of the mother. DJ Euphonik declined to comment on the situation, and his baby mama could not be reached for comment.
The trip to Dubai was intended to provide an opportunity for the children to bond with their half siblings. Unfortunately, the disagreement between Euphonik and the mother resulted in the court's decision against the trip.
Under South African law, both parents must consent to children under 18 leaving the country unless a court rules otherwise. Disputes over taking kids abroad are common when couples separate and communication breaks down.
Single fathers in South Africa have criticized the consent law as biased when mothers obstruct visits with no good reason. They say it limits nurturing relationships with children living apart. However, mothers argue extra precautions are necessary to prevent child abductions or strandings overseas.