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Reality television star MJ Maponya claimed Moja Love exploited him. Image via Twitter @fitbuddy_africa

‘The Way Ngingakhona’ star MJ Maponya claims Moja Love exploited him

Fitness guru MJ Maponya claimed he was paid R7.5k per episode by Moja Love during the first season of ‘The Way Ngingakhona’.

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Reality television star MJ Maponya claimed Moja Love exploited him. Image via Twitter @fitbuddy_africa

In 2020, Jonathan “MJ” Maponya was introduced to South Africa through The Way Ngingakhona, an LGBTQI+ show that debuted on Moja Love. As the show gears up for season three in June, Maponya has made shocking claims against the local channel. 

The fitness trainer claimed that when he started the popular show, he was paid R7 500 per episode mentioning that he decided to leave The Way Ngingakhona because he was unhappy with Moja Love. 

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The Way Ngingakhona starred social media sensation Innocent “Inno” Matijane, Tholang Motsumi, and MJ Maponya, who was introduced as a young bisexual man who had not come out to his family. 

The show premiered in March 2020 and explored the hardships and struggles faced by the LGBTQI+ community and featured some of the cast’s families. 



Speaking to City Press, Maponya said he was leaving The Way Ngingakhona due to being ill-treated by Moja Love’s producers. 

“My decision was taken because I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t happy from season one, but I was doing it for entertainment. I knew nothing about entertainment then, but I grew up in a business family, so I knew that this was just business and I was giving them that.”

“When we started, I was paid R7 500 per episode. After three months, I asked for a raise, which was 10%. For season two, I was paid R9 300, with no royalties. For the millions we make [for the channel], that’s said.”


Maponya also claimed that Somizi Mhlongo, who is currently the host of Moja Love’s Lovey Dovey, was being paid more than him. 

“Which reality television show gives the channel numbers like we do?”

“We beat Beyoncé’s Black is King. I’m known everywhere. I’m a walking billboard, but nothing’s happening. They must do something,” said the 30-year-old.