As South Africans were busy casting their votes on Wednesday, Somizi took time to post yet another encouraging message on Instagram. In the wake of the blesser-blessee lifestyle furore that seems to be slipping out of people’s minds, Somizi thought he should share his idea of how he thinks the trend could be done away with once and for all. “Be yo child’s blesser. No matter how small or big the blessing is. Just bless them,” he wrote on Instagram, along with a picture of a card he bought for his only daughter, Bahumi.
The blesser-blessee trend has received criticism from politicians and celebrities, with Somizi’s co-presenter Khanyi Mbau also sharing her two cents on Facebook, though she received a backlash from her followers.
Mbau’s life came into the spotlight when she dated the then-wealthy businessman Mandla Mthembu, who was much older than her. The couple have a daughter together. Mthembu and Mbau’s relationship set tongues wagging, mostly due to their age gap and Mthembu’s financial status. The couple were regularly seen on Joburg’s streets in matching yellow Lamborghinis (coincidentally, we are told Kenny Kunene later ended up owning one of them for a while).
When the relationship ended and her ex-husband reportedly ran out of money, Mbau revealed in an interview with Debora Patta that she had to find someone to fund her lifestyle – and this time it was businessman Theunis Crous, who was still married to Primrose Crous at the time.
At the time, Crous admitted that he had always dreamt of relationships with beautiful women like Mbau and his wife, but he could only make that a reality after he was earning a lot of money.
It is Mbau’s history of dating rich men that led to Facebook user Neo Lenong’s backlash against Mbau when the celeb criticised the blesser-blessee lifestyle.
Mbau posted: “What have we become South Africa! Let’s close South Africa,” to which Lenong responded with “You had a blesser before so please sit down!”
Mbau responded, telling them that Mthembu could not have been her blesser if she had been his wife.
“Please act educated! I have a child with my ex-husband. Please act clever,” she wrote.
“Y’all can blame me and try make me Jesus. Try hang all your sins on me but at the end of it all!! It goes back to choices! #Checkpoint.”