Court finds Tu­misho Masha

After two years of be­ing dragged to court by his es­tranged wife, Tu­misho is ac­quit­ted of the as­sault charges

Move! - - FRONT PAGE - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

NOT GUILTY

‘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.

NOT GUILTY

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.

ABUSE VIC­TIM

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

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