Masked Singer SA

‘The Masked Singer SA’ detectives, Skhumba, Sithelo, Somizi and J Something. Images via Twitter: @philmphela

‘Abuser and predator?’: ‘Masked Singer SA’ detectives criticised

Social media users are not impressed with the #MaskedSingerSA judging panel; especially Somizi Mhlongo and Sithelo Shozi.

Masked Singer SA

‘The Masked Singer SA’ detectives, Skhumba, Sithelo, Somizi and J Something. Images via Twitter: @philmphela

South Africans have weighed in on Anele Mdoda’s SA rendition of popular American reality TV series titled The Masked Singer; and they are not happy with the judging panel — known as detectives or investigators on the show.

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On Monday, 4 April, the radio and TV personality unveiled the four detectives, which are comedian and radio host, Skhumba Hlophe; singer and chef, J Something of house music group Micasa; radio presenter and Idols SA judge, Somizi Mhlongo; as well as DJ and influencer, Sithelo Shozi.

The show, which will air on S3 (formerly called SABC 3), will be hosted by comedian and podcaster Mpho Pops.

The Masked Singer is a top-secret singing competition in which celebrities face off against each other and appear in elaborate costumes with full-face masks to conceal their identities.

Anele will produce SA rendition of the show through her multimedia company Rose and Oaks with Primedia, which bought the rights to the show which will be available in three different languages.

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Anele Mdoda looks sultry in pink. Image: Supplied.


The Masked Singer SA investigators were not received well on social, for various reasons.

Some tweeps expressed that they are tired of seeing the sane faces on their small screens. Many were particularly not happy with Somizi getting the gig as they feel he is everywhere.

Meanwhile, some tweeps resurfaced Somizi’s 2008 case as reported by SowetanLIVE in which the Randburg Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of indecent assault. In addition, Somizi’s divorce from his “ex-husband” Mohale Motaung was riddled with abuse allegations.

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On the other hand, Sithelo has repeatedly been labelled a predator for her relationship with the father of her two girls, Andile Mpisane — son of multi-millionaire Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize.

The mother-of-three, as she also has a son with a businessman named Makhosini, has been dubbed “R Stelly” on social media — a portmanteau of R Kelly and Sithelo. Sithelo’s relationship with Andile Mpisane came under scrutiny in 2021 when she officially announced it. At the time, the Forever hitmaker was 27 years old, while Andile was 20. However, ZAlebs reported that the pair had gotten together when Andile was 17 years old.

When the relationship was made official, the ex-couple had already had their first child. They later had another one in 2021.

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