Controversial tv and radio character Somizi Mhlongo and his estranged husband Mohale Motaung have briefly declared a ceasefire and joined forces to struggle their tv present producer for failing to pay them R1.5-million for the broadcasting rights to their wedding ceremony ceremony.
Mhlongo and Mohale walked down the aisle in a two-legged wedding ceremony shindig of cosmic proportions in Joburg in 2020.
But they separated final yr after accusations and counter accusations of home violence, and are heading for an acrimonious divorce after Mhlongo filed divorce papers within the Joburg High Court final yr.
Before their wedding ceremony, the 2 offered their broadcasting rights to Bar Leader TV, which produced their present Living The Dream With Somizi, which was flighted on DStv’s Mzansi Magic channel. But the corporate, which is owned by businessman Legend Manqele, has did not pay them two years after the marriage day was broadcast on DStv’s streaming platform Showmax.
The two appear to have agreed to an armistice to allow them to collectively struggle Manqele for failing to pay them.
Their conflict in opposition to Manqele and his firm got here to the fore after Mohale’s lawyer, Vanessa Da Silva Farai Fernihough, of Ulrich Roux and Associates, wrote a letter of demand on Thursday to the producer to pay the cash by no later than Thursday subsequent week or face a lawsuit.
According to the letter, which we’ve seen, Mhlongo and Mohale, who had been represented by their firm, Elahom Events, signed an settlement with Manqele’s firm to movie and broadcast their wedding ceremony for a whopping R1.5-million price.
The lawyer mentioned they wrote a letter to Manqele in July final yr pleading with him to pay their shoppers, however he informed them that he was ready for some paperwork from the South African Revenue Service, and documentation from his group earlier than he might reply to their letter.
“To date, no response or documentation has been obtained from both you or some other consultant of Bar Leader TV.
“The written agreement entered into between our client, Elahom Events Group , as the representative of Mr Motaung and Mr Mhlongo, and Bar Leader, provided that Elahom was due to receive an amount of R1.5-million as remuneration for the services rendered by the ‘talent’,” reads the letter.
She mentioned as a substitute of remitting fee, Manqele additionally requested Mhlongo and Motaung to finish and submit time sheets earlier than he might course of the fee. But he failed to take action after they accomplished and submitted the paperwork.
The lawyer mentioned Manqele had additionally delayed the fee when he requested documentary proof to show that Mhlongo had consented to the funds being paid into their belief account.
They acknowledged that Mhlongo had certainly consented to the fee of the funds into their belief account and even connected a letter from the Idols SA decide as proof that he had consented.
In the letter, which the newspaper has seen, Mhlongo acknowledged that Manqele ought to pay the cash into the account of Mohale’s legal professionals and it ought to stay there till their dispute was resolved.
The legal professionals have instructed Manqele to pay the cash and threatened to take authorized motion in opposition to him and probably liquidate his firm to get better the cash if he failed to take action.
Mohale pleaded ignorance after we contacted for remark. It’s not true,” he mentioned.
Somizi declined to remark .
Manqele mentioned he obtained instruction from SARS to not pay Somizi. “Somizi must take it up with SARS,” he mentioned.
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