Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung lands himself in hot soup lands after he cyber bullies journalist. Many times celebrities tend to get away with anything just because well they are in the limelight and one of those who have managed to get away with practically anything is non other than Mzansi favourite Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung. However this time around he has bittern more than he can chew.
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) have called for action against Somizi after he insulted journalist by swearing at their parents private parts. This was after the journalist had reached out to him to get more information about the rumour that he has separated from his husband Mohale. One of the journalist he attacked was Julia Madibogo of City Press who asked him about his divorce with Mohale and the other one was Kabelo Khumalo who asked him about his cooking show Dinner at Somizi being put on hold due to legal dispute.
Instead of Somizi responding to the questions or even ignoring the questions he decided to insult the journalist. He went on his Instagram page and shared screenshots of his conversation with both journalist exposing their numbers.
He went on to caption the screenshot’s with “So @city_press has become a tabloid… ok… two can play the game… to stand a chance to win I don’t know what, dial the number and let Julia know what it feels like to have yo privacy invaded unprovoked,” however he later on deleted the post.
The fact that he exposed many journalist number didn’t seat down well with a lot of social media users as they called him out for cyber bullying on the journalist. Sanef said Madibogo had been threatened while Khumalo’s wife was threatened with rape.
“We believe this is irresponsible in the extreme and potentially unlawful conduct. Mhlongo has a massive support base and a following in excess of almost four million on the Instagram social platform and his followers have resorted to intimidation and harassment of journalists on all social media platforms.
“They have subjected both Madibogo and Khumalo to torrents of insults and threats. The fans also threatened the safety of the journalists’ families. They have tormented them for doing their jobs and asking questions in line with the Press Code that demands of journalists to give a right of reply to everyone they intend to write stories about,” said Sanef.
It has called on Mhlongo to apologize to the journalists and public on all his social media platforms and also call on his followers to stop harassing them.
Sanef has also called on the journalists to lay charges of intimidation.
“Sanef reiterates its call on the journalism industry to urgently ensure the safety of journalists, especially women reporters, and to note that support is needed to address online attacks.”