TUMISHO ’ S MARRIAGE ON ROCKS
LEGENDARY TV star Tumisho Masha allegedly bashed his wife Zozibini after she spread rumours that he was a drug junkie, a drunkard and an irresponsible father.
Masha allegedly kicked Zozibini in the stomach, slapped her in the face, pulled her by her hair, hit her with an elbow and called her a b***h in a series of domestic violence episodes at their Dainfern, Joburg, home.
Mzansi’s sought-after voice over artist and MC also smashed his wife’s phone when she tried to call police to come to her rescue during one of their squabbles.
During an interview with Sunday World yesterday, Masha poured scorn on claims of moering his wife, but confirmed he broke her phone.
“Yes. I can confirm we have been having troubles in our marriage,” Masha said. “But did I slap her? No. Did I kick her in the stomach? No. I didn’t do either of that. I’m not a woman or wife basher.”
Masha said their troubles started in April, when the couple attended a party at a friend’s house in Joburg.
“While there, she told one of my close friends, who I have known for at least a decade, that I was a drug addict, a drunkard and an irresponsible father,” Masha said.
“Yes. I drink during social gatherings and, like any man, I would smoke tobacco occasionally. But I’m neither a drug addict nor an irresponsible father. I was upset. Why would my wife say those things to other people? But I didn’t confront her then.”
Masha said an argument erupted between them one day after he had gone to a function with their mutual friend.
“She was so aggressive, accusing me of things. I then went into one of the bedrooms, closed the door and stood behind it because it does not have a key to lock it.”
About the incident in which he broke her phone, he said: “I wanted to address these issues. So, I closed the door and told the nanny to go away. She started screaming for help, saying I wanted to kill her. She tried to call police and I smashed her phone. But I apologised and promised to buy her a new one.”
Masha also had an argument with his wife about his motherin-law ’ s unannounced visit and stay in their marital home.
“She would visit us without me knowing and sleep in my bed in our bedroom when I left my house after an argument with my wife,” Mash said.
“Family interference is the main cause of the problems in my marriage. On the day she alleges that I slapped her thrice across the face, I actually wanted to talk to her about her mother’s stay in our house. I didn’t assault her. My wife is light-skinned. How come she went to work that day and nobody noticed anything? ”
Masha confirmed his wife had obtained an interim protection order against him and said he would oppose it in court. Zozibini declined to comment. Her friend, privy to the couple’s private life, said Masha once pulled his wife by the hair.
The friend, who asked not to be named to protect her friendship, said Masha had allegedly beat up his wife on many occasions.
“She told us that in June, he dragged her by her hair and called her a stupid b***h,” the friend said.
Another friend alleged Masha, who plays businessman Hector Thebe on e.tv soapie Scandal!, hit Zozibini with an elbow in another rhubarb.
“When she screamed, he pushed her onto the bed, held her face down and told her to stop screaming or else whoever would come to her aid would find her not breathing,” the tipster said.
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