In August 2021, Mohale Motaung alleged that his estranged husband, reality television star and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo physically abused him during their marriage. Almost a year later, Showmax has wrapped filming for Mohale: On the Record, a tell-all interview between Motaung and television host, Aldrin Sampear where he will detail how the abuse claims affected him and more.
Mohale: On the Record is set to premiere on Thursday 4 August.
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MOHALE MOTAUNG AND SOMIZI MHLONGO’S MARRIAGE
Mohale Motaung and Somizi Mhlongo became the poster couple for gay marriage in South Africa after their SAFTA-nominated 2020 wedding special, Somizi & Mohale: The Union, was labelled “the union of the year” and set a record for the most first-day views on Showmax.
Their relationship was a central focus in season four of Somizi’s hit show, Living The Dream With Somizi.
“As a queer person, their union has been a celebration of what many would love to achieve but, because of societal norms, have struggled to. Some of us even lived our fantasies through their love story and became invested in it,” said Aldrin Sampear.
TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR STAR-STUDDED WEDDING HERE
‘MOHALE: ON THE RECORD’
It became clear that the Somhale fairytale union was not as it seemed after an off-record interview with Mohale was leaked in August 2021, where he detailed how Somizi allegedly physically abused him.
As a result of the allegations, Somizi took time off from Idols SA and Metro FM and is now sharing his side of the story in season five of Living the Dream With Somizi. Little has been said about how the alleged abuse, the leak and the pending divorce has impacted Mohale.
“A lot has been said about me, both true and untrue,” said Mohale.
“I initially had no intentions to publicly speak of the events that have occurred, due to an agreement I had with the other parties involved. But when the agreement was dishonoured by the other party, it became paramount that I tell my truth as I know it.”
“With all the misinformation in the public domain, it is my responsibility to correct any propaganda as I represent not only myself but those that may have experienced a story similar to mine. I would also like people to truly get to know me for who I am, as opposed to who they have assumed me to be.”
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‘ADDING MOHALE’S VOICE’
Head of content at Showmax, Candie Fanguiero says after the streaming giant told the story of the wedding, they wanted to explore everything that followed.
“Living The Dream With Somizi is currently the most popular title on Showmax but it’s just one perspective, so we’re now adding Mohale’s voice so he can speak for himself in this special.”
Mohale: On the Record is produced by Teddy Geldart’s Dopezuluboi Productions who produced season five Living The Dream With Somizi.