DJ Maphorisa, whose real name is Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe, allegedly repossessed the cars he had purchased for his girlfriend, Thuli Phongolo, after being arrested for assaulting her in May.
Following his release on bail, Maphorisa reportedly sent someone to retrieve the Mercedes G-Wagon and Porsche he had given to Phongolo to comply with the bail conditions. The court had ordered that Maphorisa should not have any form of communication with the complainant.
The incident that triggered the alleged assault involved an argument between Maphorisa and Phongolo at her home in Sandton, Johannesburg. According to a police statement, Maphorisa became aggressive, punched her chest, slapped her face, and forcefully grabbed her neck.
The argument reportedly stemmed from an altercation the couple had the previous night during one of Maphorisa’s performances. The disagreement allegedly started after a man made advances towards Phongolo and promised to send her a significant sum of money.
Although Phongolo initially filed a withdrawal statement following Maphorisa’s arrest, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) required more time to investigate before finalizing her plea. The couple released a joint statement prior to their court appearance, expressing their desire to handle the matter privately.
IN OTHER NEWS: iPhone 15 Pro Max Predicted to Be More Expensive
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to come with a higher price tag compared to its predecessor, the Pro Max model, according to Jeff Pu, a tech analyst at Haitong International Securities. In his research note, Pu predicts that the larger of the two upcoming Pro models will see a price increase higher than the $1,099 starting price of the current iPhone 14 Pro Max.
While Pu doesn’t specify the reason behind the price hike, it is widely anticipated that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature a periscope lens, enabling significant optical zoom improvements.
The inclusion of a periscope lens, which allows for 5x to 6x optical zoom, sets the iPhone 15 Pro Max apart from the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro. Both Pro models will have telephoto lens technology as part of their camera setups, but the exclusive periscope lens on the Pro Max will offer notable enhancements over the 3x zoom found in the iPhone 14 Pro models.
A periscope lens system involves a primary lens capturing the photo, while an angled mirror or prism reflects the light 90 degrees towards a secondary lens, which then sends it to the image sensor. The sideways positioning of the image sensor and secondary lens inside the smartphone allows for an extended focal length but occupies valuable surface area.
Pu also mentioned that he expects the iPhone 15 series to enter mass production in August, aligning with Apple’s usual timeline of announcing new iPhone models in September. Approximately 84 million units are projected to be produced for the second half of 2023, with the two Pro models anticipated to be the most popular devices in the lineup during the initial months after launch.
Rumors surrounding the iPhone 15 lineup suggest that all four models will feature a USB-C port, Dynamic Island, and slightly more curved frames. Additionally, the Pro models are rumored to come with 12 additional features and changes, further enhancing their capabilities.