Court finds Tumisho Masha
After two years of being dragged to court by his estranged wife, Tumisho is acquitted of the assault charges
‘I never beat up my wife’
TWO years ago, while actor, Tumisho Masha, and his estranged wife, Zozibini Mtongana, were going through a rough patch, she alleged that he had assaulted her and even applied for a protection order against him. But the Randburg Magistrate Court recently acquitted the actor of the assault charges.
Tumisho tells Move! that he feels good and it is a big deal to be found not guilty. “A lot of things were said about me and I received a lot of hate mail,” he says.
Relieved about the judge’s verdict, the former Isidingo actor posted a picture of a judge’s gavel (wooden hammer) on Instagram with the caption, “Not guilty”.
He also posted a picture of his girlfriend, Chantal Wagner, and said how grateful he is that she stood by his side. Part of the post read, “Finally after a year of storms, the judgement came in yesterday and I am not guilty of assaulting anyone. But Chantal has stood by me and loved me unconditionally through it all.”
Even though he was found not guilty of assault, the actor was found guilty of malicious damage to property for damaging Zozibini’s phone during a heated altercation during that period.
Last year, Zozibini detailed the assault claims in a long Instagram post. She claimed Tumisho assaulted her in public. A part of the post read, “I am an abuse survivor. I used to be an abuse volunteer. I was in a marriage where I entertained abuse at all levels. I accepted a husband that would break me down in front of my baby, my family, his family, his friends and in public. I stayed with someone who would tell me in front of our baby girl that he was my biggest achievement in life and that no one can protect me from him.”
HOW THE ALLEGATIONS AFFECTED HIS CAREER
Tumisho admits that the allegations have affected him negatively. “This has affected my earning ability negatively. Businesses and brands don’t want to associate with someone with a bad reputation. On a personal level, the way some of your friends and family look at you doesn’t feel good,” he says.
The bad relationship with his ex-wife has also affected his visits with his child. “The problem is that we are in the middle of a messy divorce and my daughter is in the loop. All I want to do is to be the best father to my daughter. That is all I ever wanted. I hope sanity will prevail and I can spend more time with my daughter,” he says.
Tumisho says he is very careful about what he says about his estranged wife, especially to the media, because his daughter will one day read about it.
I AM NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULTING ANYONE
Tumisho Masha with his estranged wife, Zozibini Mtongana, (ABOVE RIGHT) during happier times