- Mangaliso Ngema found his name trending again after Mzansi heard that he is still playing the lead role in the upcoming season of Family Secrets
- The veteran actor made headlines towards the end of last year when he was accused of sexual harassment on set of Lithapo
- South Africans now want the thespian cancelled and slammed SABC 1 for releasing a press statement stating that Mangaliso is still the lead actor on the show
South Africans want veteran actor Mangaliso Ngema cancelled. The actor will appear in the second season of Family Secrets and Mzansi is not happy about that.
The star was accused of sexually assaulting an actress on the set of Lithapo last year. TV lovers took to social media to voice their concerns after SABC 1 issued a statement about the upcoming season of Family Secrets. Mangaliso still plays the lead role in the show and that rubbed some viewers the wrong way.
Entertainment commentator Phil Mpela slammed SABC 1 for giving Mangaliso the spotlight. Phil said continuing with Mangaliso's character's storyline seemed a bit insensitive to his alleged victim's family. in a lengthy post, Phil wrote:
"@Official_SABC1 do you really think this sends a good message within our industry. After what happened with Mangaliso Ngema, should you really be sending out press releases giving him top billing in 2021? Yes, he was never convicted. But he admitted to crossing a line."
Others joined him and shared their thoughts on Phil's take on the matter. Check out some of their comments below:
"SABC 1 is very embarrassing I wouldn't be surprised if he does it to someone else... It always ends like that... MXM."
"More women had to work with this guy?"
"Is it fair to put blame on SABC 1?, is the onus not on the production company to replace/fire him from the starring role? SABC is the broadcaster of content, SABC 1 being the channel. Did you want SABC? Not to acquire the content?"
"I don’t think the industry will win the fight against sexual harassment if the perpetrators are not publicly named, cast members should in solidarity refuse to work with a person who was outed as an abuser, my take."
Fired from 'Lithapo'
In related news, Briefly News reported that Mangaliso Ngema was reportedly fired from Lithapo following accusations of sexual misconduct made against him by a co-star.
Mangaliso's colleague Lorraine Moropa took to social media and opened up about her sexual harassment story on the set of the SABC 2 telenovela. Lorraine wrote on Instagram that being constantly sexually harassed by a male senior at a work place "cannot and should not be tolerated".
"This is a father, who also happens to speak highly of their daughter whom by the way, is practically my age and also in the industry. I wonder if he would appreciate his daughter coming home with half the stories I have to go home and tell my mother due to his actions."
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