Mohale Motaung, has released a statement following the abuse allegations that he has made against his estranged husband, Somizi Mhlongo. This comes after Somizi’s statement yesterday, denying the abuse allegations that have been made by Mohale, on their relationship and marriage.
In the statement, Mohale further says that he did in fact was abused by Somizi, and that the explosive audio that details the abuse was a conversation that he had with someone that he trusted to keep the conversation private, not to have the conversation shared all over the media. He says it was never his intention to have the details of his marriage be in the public domain.
According to Mohale, the abuse started before they even got married, very early on in their relationship. The audio . . . revealed very private and damaging information about their union, which the public was not aware of.
Mohale’s statement comes right after Somizi’s statement, where he “vehemently denied all allegations of physical abuse”. Somizi also addressed claims that he was blocking work opportunities for Mohale.
READ MORE: Somizi denies the allegations for abuse
Mohale Statement Reads:
“In response to the news circulating pertaining to the material details about issues within my marriage as well as the recent statement by my estranged husband, I wish to confirm that we are indeed in the process of a divorce.”
I wish to make it clear that it has never been my intention to have the private details of my marriage exposed in the public nor will it ever be my intention to cause disrepute to his image. While I have maintained my silence in the hopes of an amicable dissolution of our marriage, recent developments compel me to make the following assertions”.
About the audio interview with one of the producers of the Living The Dream with Somizi, Mohale said it was “privileged.” He said he trusted the person that he was conversating with.
“I trusted the person with whom I was engaging and did not divulge such details for any material gain. In these conversations, I was laying case to reason (sic) why I would not want the details of our divorce to be used in the upcoming season of the reality show as this would not reflect the complete truth and furthermore, did not want the details thereof to be used for financial gain.”
He added that he had built a personal relationship with the person he had spoken to over time and felt secure, “relaying my experience to him having been assured that it was privileged”.
“I never imagined that my turmoil would be exploited in this manner. Since the release of the conversations, I find myself stripped of my agency and the right I had previously reserved to tell my story when I was ready,” he said.
Mohale also responded to the abuse allegations. He asserted that “I did, in fact, experience abuse at the hands of my estranged husband, both physical and psychological. It is not my wish to seesaw my experience against his as he only has his conscience to reckon with”.
Mohale further says that he is blessed to have the support of his family, friends and from members of the public, as he goes through this trying time in his life.
He said he wishes to “conclude the dissolution of his marriage which is now being handled legally and further reserve my right to comment . My focus right now is on my livelihood”
So, that is what Mohale had to say. . . and as per his statement he will not be commenting further. We only hope that their divorce is handled amicably, and that things don’t get more messy than they are.