It’s official! Mzansi’s favourite couple, Somizi Mhlongo (46) and his fiancé Mohale Motaung (23), will say “I do” this month at Mohale parent’s home in two weeks’ time. City Press has been reliably informed that the traditional ceremony, scheduled for September 28 south of Johannesburg, will be attended by their families and close celebrity friends.
The couple’s white wedding is scheduled for January. In March this year, the Idols SA judge proposed to Motaung in style at the iconic Pont des Arts, popularly known as the love lock bridge in Paris, France. An excited but shy Mohale said “Yes!”
According to sources close to the couple, the invites, designed by Liquid Image Consulting, have already been sent out. The event management company is owned by former SABC1 continuity presenter Zandi Nhlapo.
Although Somizi and Motaung have been tight-lipped about the date of their wedding, only saying they will comment afterwards, Somgaga has been hinting on his social media platforms that they are ready to walk down the aisle.
The couple couldn’t contain their excitement any more. Motaung recently tweeted: #SoMohaletraditionalweddingloading, while Somizi confirmed the guest list on Instagram. It includes jazz artists Judith Sephuma, Brenda Mtambo, Vusi Nova and Prince Kaybee who are billed to perform at the traditional wedding ceremony.
A-list celebrities, among them businesswomen Basetsana Kumalo and Shauwn Mpisane, and Bonang Matheba, Kelly Khumalo and Lerato Kganyago are invited. “Somizi is a people’s person but he invited people who are close to him and people who have been there through his trials and tribulations,” said an excited guest, who asked not to be named.
Somizi and Motaung’s love life
When they first came out as a couple two years ago, fans didn’t approve of their relationship, claiming Motaung was not in love with Somizi but was in the relationship for his money.
The pair met at a book signing ceremony for Somizi’s best-selling memoir, Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit, in Sandton in June 2017.
But fans were unhappy and jealous of their affair and went as far as labelling Motaung a “gold digger”.
However, Somizi hit back at his fans defending Motaung. He said given a chance, most of them would not hesitate to take his place He assured them that he was old enough to know when he was truly loved.
“You never think that someone like him can love someone like me genuinely. You always place material gains in everything.
“And even if that was the reason, so what? Am I complaining? [You’re] busy saying he’s using me for money. Hayi suka niyakhathaza,” said a fuming Somizi then.
“You don’t know how moody and cranky I become. You have never smelt my morning breath. Have you ever wondered why I was attracted to him in the first place?” he asked the fans.
Their relationship has stood the test of time. At some point it was reported that the Motaungs didn’t approved of their son’s relationship, but the couple never gave up on their love. But late last year, after Somizi met the family for the first time, they accepted him. And he bragged about the meeting on his Instagram.
“My in-laws. It was worth it to get here. Thanks to the Motaung family for such a warm welcome and love. Now let the wedding planning begin. I’m so happy. This is priceless,” he wrote.
The couple have big plans together. Two months ago, Motaung said they were open to adoption but that he would love to have a biological child.
“We will adopt, yes. But I want a biological child, which I will make. Don’t ask me how,” he said.