On Saturday morning, Mohale Motaung took to his Instagram page to respond to the circulating leaked audio between him and a television producer detailing his marriage experience with entertainer, Somizi Mhlongo.
In his statement, he starts off by confirming that the pair are indeed in the process of a divorce and that he did not consent to the leaking of the private conversation between him and one of the producers of Living The Dream With Somizi.
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
1. "The conversations heard in the audio were privileged as they were with one of the producers of Living The Dream with Somizi. 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 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."
2. "Myself and the person in question had a personal relationship that was built over years and I felt secure relaying my experience to him having been assured that it was privileged. I never imaged 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."
3. "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 went on to say that he has been blessed to have the support of family and friends and that he reserves his right to privacy and won’t be commenting any further on this matter.
“I wish to quietly conclude the dissolution of my marriage which is now being handled legally and further reserve my right to comment. My focus right now is on my livelihood.”
His statement comes just a day after Somizi released a statement denying the allegations Mohale made in the leaked audio. In his statement, he said that he vehemently denies having ever abused Mohale, physically or otherwise.
He further added: “We had one altercation in which I had to defend myself and both of us were physically hurt by the other.”
He also dismissed claims that he tried to sabotage Mohale’s efforts to be financially independent.
On their divorce, Somizi wrote: “In as far as the divorce itself is concerned, my only aim is to have it finalised fairly and reasonably.”
Since the leaked audio surfaced, Somizi has taken a leave of absence from both his Metro FM and M-Net (Idols SA) duties until the matter has been resolved.