Debate about racism and xenophobia in this country is often reactive. Something terrible happens, someone accuses someone, we shout, we get angry, sometimes we tweet about it but then we return to the status quo. But the rules of engagement around race, racism, xenophobia and hate crimes might soon change should a criminal case go to trial, involving one of this country’s most popular Jo’burg celebrity couples, Vuzu TV stars comedian TollA$$Mo and his designer wife Mome.
Here’s what we know:
Last week one of the country’s most popular comedians and television stars, TolA$$Mo, or Mongezi Ngcobondwane, appeared briefly in the Newlands Magistrate’s court in Sophiatown facing four criminal charges including attempted murder, assault, intimidation and malicious damage to property.
Ngcobondwane and his wife Mome, a fashion designer, are the stars of a reality TV show MoLove – Making it Work on Vuzu, a DSTV youth entertainment channel. The show chronicles the tempestuous lives of the couple as they bicker their way through various personal and professional dramas. Apart from this, TolA$Mo is, according to Owen S Management, a brand ambassador for Nike as well as other “high profile” brands such as Smirnoff, Mini Cooper and Converse….
Source : Daily Maverick