Somizi refuses to apologize to the press after severely insulting her
Choreographer and media personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung has made it clear that he has no intention of “apologizing” to journalists he “abused” and whose contact details he shared on social media.
The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) issued a press release on Tuesday, calling for Somizi to “unreservedly apologize to those journalists and therefore the public on all his social platforms for his unbecoming behavior”.
Sanef also encouraged the journalists to get charges of intimidation against Somizi.
In a lengthy Instagram video, Somizi gave his version of events and made it clear that he wouldn’t apologize and was ready for whatever consequences that brought.
“I am not apologizing for what I did. the sole thing that I do know I did wrong was to post her private number but I did that deliberately”, Somizi said.
The two journalists — Sunday World acting editor Kabelo Khumalo and City Press’s Julia Madibogo — sent inquiries to Somizi for separate stories they were performing on last week.
Somizi skilled Julia’s request for comment by posting a screenshot on his social media, asking his followers to dial the journalist’s number. The Idols SA judge also used vulgar language in his response to Kabelo and called him obscene names, before also sharing his contact details on social media.
Sanef said this resulted in the reporters and/or their relations being threatened with death and rape, apparently by Somizi’s fans.
Even though Somizi admitted that he was “wrong” to share the journalists’ private number on social media, he added that he was “angry and did it deliberately”.
“I decided to form the journalist feel what it seems like to possess your privacy invaded. and that I posted the message that she sent me on my social media and that I posted it together with her number, and since then people are saying there must be action taken against me.
“Some of my close friends were saying I need to apologize and other people even visited some extent where they tagged companies I work with”, he said.
Somizi added that tagging his bosses or sponsors wouldn’t “force” him to apologize, explaining that he would never “sell his soul” for bread on the table.
“I do not feel like I even have to apologize for standing up for myself. the sole thing I’m apologizing for was publicizing the private number,” he said.
Watch the complete video below