The bizarre antics of South African rapper ‘Ninja’ have been revealed by a young Australian musician he flew to his country after meeting her on Instagram.
Zheani Sparkes, 26, had a months-long relationship with the Die Antwoord singer in which he compared her to his then-seven-year-old daughter.
She visited the Die Antwoord singer in August 2013, but it ended badly after his erratic and strange behaviour unnerved her.
The pair are now engaged in a war of words after Sparkes opened up about the bizarre relationship between them in her new album.
Zheani Sparkes, 26, visited Die Antwoord singer Ninja in August 2013, but it ended badly after his erratic and strange behaviour unnerved her
Ninja, real name Watkin Tudor Jones, 44, developed a relationship with the young Australian musician he flew to his home country after meeting her on Instagram
Sparkes released a song called The Question in March (Die Antwoord means ‘The Answer’ in Afrikaans) which lashed out at his behaviour.
Ninja, real name Watkin Tudor Jones, 44, makes up the rap duo with his ex-girlfriend, and mother of his child, Andri du Toit – known as Yolandi.
The pair broke up in 2013, though stayed together as a band, and both began seeing other partners.
Sparkes, aged just 20, received an Instagram comment from du Toit asking to get in touch, then a follow up email on June 22.
‘Yo yo yo skull of foxes!!! wats pumpin ur style is on point! ninja showd me ur tumble blog… i like i like!! he also gun say hi 2 u! will be cool 2 hang & get hi as f**k wen i cum 2 aus nxt tym! stay bad! xxx,’ it read.
Within a day, Sparkes was constantly texting with Jones and though she found the attention overwhelming, she was drawn in.
A photo from the trip shows Sparkes and Jones with an elephant
Sparkes poses with Andri du Toit – known as Yolandi – who makes up Die Antwoord with Jones. Du Toit is the mother of his daughter Sixteen Jones before they broke up in 2013
Jones displayed a keen interest in the occult, one of her favourite topics, calling himself a ‘warlock’ and her his ‘stoner witch’.
Their WhatsApp conversations turned increasingly personal and sexual and within days Sparkes claims she was sent explicit photos of Jones.
Sparkes also claimed he remarked how much she looked like his daughter Sixteen Jones and screenshots of texts showed an apparent incest fantasy.
Jones eventually arranged to fly to Brisbane to meet her, but the plan suddenly changed when Sparkes’ drink was spiked on a night out.
As she told him of experiencing ‘full body hallucinations’, he insisted this was a sign she should fly to South Africa to meet him instead.
Emails show Jones arranging with his assistants to organise and pay for her flights for an eight-day trip in August 2013 and the costs for an expedited passport.
Sparkes, aged just 20, received an Instagram comment from du Toit (using the handle prawn_star) asking to get in touch, then a follow up email on June 22
‘Yo yo yo skull of foxes!!! wats pumpin ur style is on point! ninja showd me ur tumble blog… i like i like!! he also gun say hi 2 u! will be cool 2 hang & get hi as f**k wen i cum 2 aus nxt tym! stay bad! xxx,’ the email read
Jones told her, in messages before her arrival, not to talk to or kiss him until they were alone, and she claims he wanted sex as soon as they got home.
Photos from the holiday showed Sparkes posing for a selfie with du Toit, patting an elephant with Jones, and Jones tattooing ‘stoner’ and ‘witch’ on her wrists.
Later in the trip, Jones took her to a wilderness area near the town of Knysna and she claims he took magic mushrooms for them to take.
Sparkes wasn’t keen to take them as Jones’ behaviour became erratic over the course of the trip, but eventually relented.
‘Watkin quickly became manic and out of control,’ she claimed in a social media post.
‘He began ranting about Jesus, this being the last incarnation on Earth and the fact that he had done shrooms at this location with his brother who had committed suicide.’
Sparkes explains her feelings to Jones in one of their many WhatsApp messages and asks him to be patient with her
As she told him of experiencing ‘full body hallucinations’ from having her drink spiked, he insisted this was a sign she should fly to South Africa to meet him instead
Emails show Jones arranging with his assistants to organise and pay for her flights for an eight-day trip in August 2013 and the costs for an expedited passport
Sparkes alleged that they then returned to their hotel where Jones started ‘speaking in tongues’ and they had sex.
She claimed Jones passed out afterwards then came to and claimed to have no memory of it.
‘I was so afraid that I told him ‘nothing happened, you just passed out’,’ she claimed.
Sparkes refused to talk with Jones about what happened and returned home to Australia soon after.
Jones continued to send her messages and in a series of emails from October 2014 to February 2015 the group asked her to be an assistant on their Australian tour.
She accepted to ‘find some closure’ and joined them at the Future Music Festival, but claimed they treated her like a stranger and were rude.
In recent videos, Sparkes said she regretted helping the band at the festival.
Photos from the holiday showed Jones tattooing ‘stoner’ and ‘witch’ on Sparkes’ wrists
Sparkes at the airport about to fly to South Africa to meet Jones, and posing on a balcony overlooking Cape Town on arrival
Jones bizarrely claims the tattoos he put on Sparkes were a spell he did as a ritual
Sparkes in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald explained how she as a young woman ended up in the situation.
‘He was taking on this father figure type of role, also telling me how special I was and… he was the first one to say I love you,’ she said.
‘I was feeling happy and feeling validated and getting constant attention from somebody who everyone loves.’
She said once she arrived in Cape Town it became clear that the trip wasn’t what she expected and that Jones flew her there for sex.
‘He didn’t have any patience to get to know me or to make sure I felt comfortable or anything; he was in it for what his own plans had been,’ she said.
Years later, Sparkes said she finally came to terms with what she claimed happened to her and decided to speak out through her song.
‘At the time I believed he had been possessed. In time I came to terms with the fact that he… manipulate and terrify me so I could be more easily controlled,’ she wrote on social media.
‘I suppressed this trauma for years and kept his secret, but now I have drawn the line.’
Jones in response to the song made a YouTube video denying the allegations and playing down his relationship with Sparkes.
He claimed her photos on Instagram was ‘banging and slamming’ but when he saw her at the airport she was ‘not what he ordered off the menu’.
After The Question was released in March, Die Antwoord’s lawyers sent her a cease and desist letter denying her claims and accusing her of defamation.
‘We have recently learned that you are attempting to launch your musical career by spreading known falsehoods about Visser and Jones,’ it read.
‘You released [The Question], which contains several outrageous and fabricated allegations about Visser and Jones.’
The letter claimed she then ‘double down on her misconduct’ by repeating the claims on various internet platforms.
‘Your fabricated allegations about Visser and Jones and false and defamatory and known by you to be false and defamatory,’ it continued.
Jones in response to the song made a YouTube video denying the allegations and playing down his relationship with Sparkes