Somizi accused of stealing television show idea


Johannesburg – Idols judge and Metro FM presenter Somizi Mhlongo’s popular cooking show Dinner At Somizi’s is marred by allegations of intellectual property theft.

Television producer Hastings Moeng, 31, says he is the brains behind the show on DSTV’s 1Magic which centres around Mhlongo hosting celebrity guests for dinner at his home.

According to Moeng, he pitched a light-hearted television show similar to Dinner at Somizi’s. He says the synopsis was sent to Somgaga in 2014, and the current producer in 2016.

In an email he sent to Somizi, Moeng stated that he had had the idea of the show since 2010 and was hoping the Mhlongo and the producer would assist

Moeng adds that he didn’t receive a reply from the producers, however, there is a similar show on television screens him in bringing it to life.

“Please receive this as an expression of interest to partner up with you on the idea. I’ve not done a show before, though I am confident that between us we have a database of the right people to bring this to life,” wrote Moeng.

Mhlongo, the producers and Mulltichoice have yet to respond to the allegations.

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