Idols SA judge and media personality Somizi Mhlongo is stepping away from the Metro FM mic amid claims he allegedly abused his “estranged” husband Mohale.
Sunday World reported that Mohale allegedly made the claims in an interview with producers of the reality show Living the Dream with Somizi. Somizi’s management told TshisaLIVE it was aware of the allegations.
As calls for the star to address the claims mounted, the SABC said Somizi had met with his Metro FM bosses and requested time off.
“The SABC can confirm Metro FM management met with Mr Somizi Mhlongo and he has requested to take some time off from work. Management has granted Mr Mhlongo permission to do so.”
It also distanced itself from the allegations against Somizi.
“The corporation has noted the comments on social media about Mr Mhlongo and we would like to point out that the public service broadcaster does not condone any acts of abuse and violence”.
On the weekend Somizi said he had referred the matter to his lawyers.
“Mr Somizi Mhlongo has become aware of allegations allegedly made against him by his estranged husband, Mr Mohale Motaung, published in the Sunday World newspaper on August 1 2021. Given the severity of the allegations, Mr Mhlongo has referred the matter to his legal team who are best equipped to handle the matter moving forward.
“No further comment will be given until such a time deemed necessary by his legal representatives,” read the statement.
Attempts to get comment from Mohale were unsuccessful at the time of publishing this story. Any comment will be included once received.
At this moment it’s not yet clear how long his break from the SABC will take as calls from Somizi to fall or be called gained momentum.
Mohale tabled his abuse experience during an exclusive interview with a producer of Living With Somizi.
UPDATE: Somizi is not getting paid during this break
Somizi is a freelancer for @METROFMSA thus he only gets paid for shows he has worked on.
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) August 4, 2021
According to an audio clip that was released, Mohale, among other allegations, said he wanted nothing from Mhlongo’s lucrative estate even though they were married in community of property.
“All I wanted is a car and my clothes because he damaged my car,” he said, noting he would only fight for the division of the estate if Mhlongo did not comply with his demand.
Detailing his first alleged violent experience from the popular Idols SA judge, Motaung said Mhlongo went to Durban while he remained in Joburg.
The Corporation has also noted the comments on social media about Mr. Mhlongo and we would like to point out that the public service broadcaster does not condone any acts of abuse and violence”.
— SABC (@SABCPortal) August 4, 2021