Newlywed Mohale Mhlongo-Motaung has been subjected to harsh criticism following a snippet of his lesson on adjectives as part of Africa Teen Geeks’ Stem Lockdown Digital School; criticism which led to the hashtag #CelebritiesAreNotTeachers trending….

But it turns out that Somizi’s other half is actually a registered student teacher.

This is according to a statement issued by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in response to the backlash surrounding the Stem Lockdown Digital School book club.

According to the department, the Stem Lockdown Digital School “is not a formal school, in fact, it is not a school”.

“It is an out-school project that was put in place as a temporary activity to urge learners to continue learning at home. It is optional and participation is voluntary.

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“Of the 56 teachers involved, 54 are qualified and registered with the South African Council for Educators (SACE). Two are student teachers.”


Mhlongo-Motaung is one of the two aforementioned student teachers who has been tasked with teaching grade 11 English.