‘I am pursuing charges of slander and defamation’ – Tol A$$ Mo cleared on sexual assault charges

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Mongezi “Tol Ass Mo” Mahlangu will not back down after being cleared from charges of rape. He will take legal action against Lerato Moloi.
Mongezi “Tol Ass Mo” Mahlangu will not back down after being cleared from charges of rape. He will take legal action against Lerato Moloi.
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His family is still suffering the consequences of being labelled a rapist by a colleague. 

In 2018, reality TV star, gamer, and comedian Mongezi “Tol Ass Mo” Mahlangu was named as one of the people who sexually assaulted model Lerato Moloi while working on a television production in Paarl in the Western Cape. 

In 2020, Lerato spoke up about the alleged ordeal on social media and shared a statement stating she would fight for justice. 

“In the past two months I have been served with letters from his attorneys to remove my tweets,” she wrote. 

“A protection order was then applied for against me along with an interim order demanding that I delete my tweets and effectively attempting to silence me just after I found my voice to speak about my experiences. This culminated in an arrest warrant being issued against me and my subsequent imprisonment."

Lerato was then interviewed on various media platforms where she spoke up against sexual assault and gender-based violence.

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After being criticized and cancelled, Mongezi confirms in a statement sent to Drum that he has been cleared of all charges and will be taking legal action against the model for defamation of character. 

“On 16 august 2022, I, Mr. Mongezi “Tol A$$ Mo” Mahlangu was vindicated and accordingly acquitted of all charges levelled against me by a South African court of law,” he says. 

“I have maintained my innocence despite the false and malicious claims of an alleged rape made by Ms. Lerato Moloi, which has caused immense damage to me, my family, my children, my professional reputation, and subsequent loss of livelihood negatively affected my overall mental health and emotional wellbeing.” 

Mongezi states that the past two years have been hell for his family. 

“After two years, a Court of law concluded and eventually confirmed that Ms. Moloi made false claims and her allegations were "poorly fabricated” and that she was a “dishonest and unreliable witness”.  

Mongezi says because of the allegations, his career and relationships were strained. 

“As such, I am currently pursuing charges of slander, defamation of character as well as malicious prosecution and civil charges to cover total legal costs incurred and comprehensive loss of income suffered during this time, against Ms. Moloi,” the statement reads. 

“In addition, I will also be pursuing the necessary legal action against the parties responsible.”

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The statement further quotes the South African constitution. 

“In Section 35(3) of the South African Constitution, every accused person has the right to a fair trial and, in subsection (3)(h), the right “to be presumed innocent, and to remain silent”.  

He goes on to say that his family's silence in the matter was for a reason. 

“During this two-year ordeal, our families silence was not an admission of guilt, but rather a decision to respect the justice system – and not the court of public opinion – to follow due course, and rule in favour of the truth,” he says. 

“My family and I condemn gender-based violence in the strongest form, and we have the utmost sympathy and empathy with real victims in this regard. However, false and malicious allegations of this nature is a serious issue and can negatively impact people’s lives in the long run.” 

Due to the false claims, Mongezi says his family has suffered the most. 

“I was forced to make drastic decisions to ensure the safety of my wife and children. From this moment on, I am focused on picking up the pieces of my life and career and growing into bigger and better things.”

This story will be updated with Lerato's response. 

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