Mohale Motaung was thrust into the limelight when it was revealed that he was in a relationship with Somizi Mhlongo and shortly after they made their relationship public, the pair got engaged in Paris.
In 2018, Mohale appeared on Somizi’s reality show and even though it was not scripted, the socialite finds himself in an acting role.
The second season of MTV Shuga: Down has been highly anticipated and now many fans have an even bigger reason to stay captivated to the series after it was announced that Mohale is joining the already star-studded cast.
The Johannesburg-based entrepreneur, model and now actor will be featured on the series to play the role of an openly-gay man.
Motaung’s character is set to highlight critical social issues faced by Africa’s youth. Social issues such as transactional sex, physical abuse and HIV prevention will be guided and brought to attention by his role.
“As an openly-gay man, I’m fortunate to have the support of my family and my fiancé, Somizi, but not all South African youth, especially those growing up in conservative and traditional households, experience the same level of acceptance. That’s why programmes like MTV Shuga play such a crucial role in informing the youth and helping them realise they are not alone,” said Mohale in an official statement.
Motaung then went on to add that he was grateful and excited to be granted the opportunity to guide and be a part of an important dialogue.
“MTV Shuga has proven to be a powerful catalyst for informing and positively affecting the lives of young people across the continent and I am thrilled by the opportunity for dialogue that this role presents. While same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa, so many people are still shunned by those closest to them for being open about their sexuality
Upon hearing the news, many of his fans and critics took to Twitter to share their opinions: