Moja Love presenter and newly appointed 'Sizok'thola' host Xolani Maphanga

Moja Love presenter and newly appointed ‘Sizok’thola’ host Xolani Maphanga. Image via Instagram @xolane_maphanga

‘Politically connected’ drug lord opens assault case against ‘Sizok’thola’ host

Police have allegedly been ordered to arrest ‘Sizok’thola’ host Xolani Maphanga following a drug raid in Soshanguve, Pretoria.

Moja Love presenter and newly appointed 'Sizok'thola' host Xolani Maphanga

Moja Love presenter and newly appointed ‘Sizok’thola’ host Xolani Maphanga. Image via Instagram @xolane_maphanga

Newly appointed Sizok’thola presenter Xolani Maphanga, is reportedly being targeted by a Pretoria-based drug lord who has allegedly fabricated assault allegations against the host.

According to ZiMoja, the information is contained in an internal staff memorandum by Moja Love, which details the contents of a meeting between the Sizok’thola crew and the police.


The memo reveals that four cops from Soshanguve police station, led by warrant officer Masombuka, held a meeting with Sizok’thola staff last week. They told the crew that a case of assault had been opened against Maphanga and his 10 bouncers at the station by a family of three.

“They accuse the team of wanting drugs, and when they didn’t get them, they allegedly assaulted them,” read the memo written by Moja Love communication head, Nonzwakazi Cekete, to executives.

It is alleged that the police were mandated to arrest Maphanga and crew.

“They [police] are getting pressure from above, at the provincial level, which apparently is coming from head office. The complainant is politically connected to the ANC and they have threatened strike action in the community if no action is taken; hence, this case is getting the attention it is getting,“ read the memo.

Cekete disputed that there was any assault from Maphanga and the Sizok’thola crew, as the channel has introduced new measures to bust drug dealers without using force.

“We use highly trained sniffer dogs to detect the drugs. There is no need for any forceful measures.

“This is a pure allegation against the production team, which is doing a great job in eradicating drugs from the streets. The production works hand in hand with the SAPS. When the team arrived, it was revealed that the whole family partakes in the dealing of narcotics.”

The statement added that they have recovered narcotics to the value of R3 million.


Earlier this month, Sunday World reported that Maphanga and Aubrey Tau (who is the Moja Love CEO) were receiving death threats from a Russian drug lord.

According to the publication, this came after Tau was suspiciously being followed after the Sizok’thola crew shot an episode in Lanseria, northwest of Johannesburg, in February. During their drug bust, the Sizok’thola team reportedly found a drug lab and equipment used to manufacture the illegal substances.


Maphanga took over as Sizok’thola presenter after Xolani Khumalo was fired by the DStv channel upon murder charges levelled against him.

This relates to the death of a drug dealer named Robert “Kicks” Varrie, who had been the subject of a drug bust at his Katlehong home on 19 July, which was attended by the Sizok’thola crew.

In September, Khumalo handed himself over to the Katlehong North Police Station, where he was charged with murder and later granted R20 000 bail.

During court proceedings in November, State prosecutor Pheello Vilakazi told the court that Khumalo faces additional charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances and malicious property damage.

On 22 February this year, Khumalo’s trial was delayed after Moja Love did not provide video evidence to the Palm Ridge magistrates court after a formal request through section 205 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which allows investigators access to information – TshisaLIVE reported.

The matter will be back in court on 11 April.