Thank you, next! Somizi partie

South African media personality Somizi Mhlongo. Image via Instagram @somizi.

Thank you, next! Somizi parties in Namibia after Zimbabwe ban [watch]

After being banned from Zimbabwe due to his sexual orientation, Somizi Mhlongo partied with Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa in Namibia.

Thank you, next! Somizi partie

South African media personality Somizi Mhlongo. Image via Instagram @somizi.

After media personality Somizi Mhlongo was banned from Zimbabwe due to his sexual orientation, he quickly moved on to the next country — Namibia on 4 November. 


Following the abuse allegations made against him, Somizi Mhlongo lost his seat on the judging panel of Idols SA and his radio gig on Metro FM. Since then he has been building his chef career with guest appearances at restaurants. 

The former Idols SA judge was expected to be a guest chef at the reopening of the Garwe Restaurant in Harare, Zimbabwe. However, the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe wrote a letter to the President’s Office to ban Somizi from the country. This was because of his sexual orientation. 

“Somizi is a homosexual, hence according to our people’s driven constitution, Zimbabwe doesn’t tolerate homosexuality. It is therefore our question, if we allow Somizi to come to our land, spiritually we would have disturbed a lot, and physically we would have openly accepted homosexuality in Zimbabwe hence affecting our children,” said the council in a statement.

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The Zanu-PF Youth League then obliged to the church’s attempt to ban Somizi from the country

“The scheduled reopening of Garwe restaurant in Harare is a welcome development in the food industry sector. I have engaged the owner of the outlet, Ms Mandi, expressing our concerns and those by different societal groups over the invitation of one of the highly controversial guests (a declared ngito),” said Zanu-PF acting deputy secretary for youth affairs Tendai Chirau.

“I am glad to announce that the owner took heed of the great concerns and elected to remove the said ngito (gay person) from the guest list and never to associate themselves with the said character again,” Chirau continued.

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe. Therefore, people who belong to the LGBTQIA+ community have to hide their sexuality


The media personality was given a warm welcome to Namibia as the crowd went wild when he was introduced. He made a grand entrance ushered by motorbikes. 

Somizi warmed up the crowd for Scorpion Kinds DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small’s performance. The duo performed their hit song Abalele among others at their sold-out show. 

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