A Pietermaritzburg resident, who earned his two seconds of fame from appearing in the popular Mzansi show Uyajola 9/9, is determined to ride the fame wave to kick start his career.
Lungelo Zondi (27), a gay man from Willowfontein in Pietermaritzburg, was trending on social networks after the popular cheating show aired on Sunday night, where he was seeking to find out if his partner was cheating on him.
Uyajola 9/9 is based on the American reality TV show Cheaters.
Zondi said he had been dating his partner since 2018 and earlier this year he started noticing that his partner was acting strange.
“From the beginning, he visited me only at night, but I thought it was because he was still in the closet but this year he was distant so I decided to write to Jub Jub (Uyajola 9/9 host) and ask them to help me find out if he was cheating on me or not.”
In the show, Zondi does catch his partner in a compromising position with another man.
Zondi’s partner was caught standing outside a pub in the Edendale area with another person and Zondi was seen pouncing on the couple, cussing at them, while trying to separate the pair as they stood cosily together.
Speaking to Weekend Witness, Zondi said he does not regret going on the show because he needed closure. However, he does regret how he reacted and attacked the man he found with his partner.
“It was never my intention to attack anyone. I honestly don’t remember saying and doing all of that. It was only when I was sitting at home and watching the show on Sunday night that I realised how bad I had acted, and I was embarrassed.
“I realised afterwards that the person I found cheating with my partner did not know that I was dating the person, so I had no reason to attack him. I know that person and I wish to reconcile with him. I really feel bad,” said Zondi.
He said the TV channel that produces the show, Moja Love, has been very supportive and has been providing him free counselling sessions after the ordeal.
Before the show ends, Zondi is seen breaking down and crying, while venting about how his partner had used him and discarded him.
“I cried again when I watched the show on Sunday, it just brought back all the pain,” he said.
Zondi, who runs a fruit spaza shop from his home, said he has been receiving more attention than usual after the show aired.
“I have more followers on social networks and I have gotten hosting jobs around the city. I received R900 cash given to me by people who I bump into on the street.
“People have been encouraging me to stay strong and have been supporting my fruit business and just giving me money. I wasn’t expecting so much positive public attention, but since I have it, I plan on using this spotlight to build my brand and break into the entertainment industry.”
Despite there being some people on social networks who found Zondi’s ordeal funny, he said he is choosing on focusing on all things positive.
Some people were taken aback by Zondi’s choice of outfit, which were shorts, a leopard print vest and pink socks.
Zondi said his fashion sense in highly influenced by the fact that he is a model.
He also has a radio production qualification, and said he wishes to get back into radio presenting, hosting events, modelling and growing his spaza shop business.