The Lithapo actor at the centre of sexual harassment claimed this week that he has officially been sacked from his role in the SABC 2 drama series
Mangaliso Ngema has faced the firing squad (literally) after being accused of inappropriate behaviour towards his younger co-star Lorraine Moropa, who went public with her story this week.
In a social media post, Lorraine claimed that she had reported the veteran star twice this year for sexual harassment.
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Thank you to all the warriors standing with me. I am humbled by the response and support from many of you. Thank you to the wonderful women in the industry who are in this fight with me and are encouraging me daily. It is humbling. To all the men standing beside me, Thank you too!!🙏🏽 It’s not over. #IAmNotAlone #ThankYouForStandingWithMe
Another actress, Altovise Lawrence, also opened up about her own experiences with the same actor, alleging he once “offered to furnish my apartment in exchange for sex”.
Following a major backlash which saw fellow celebs rally around her, the production house which employs Mangaliso has now taken the decision to terminate his contract immediately
Harriet Gavshon of production house Quizzical Pictures said in a statement on Twitter: “We take sexual harassment very seriously and will not tolerate any form of misconduct in our productions. …All cast and crew sign declarations against sexual harassment as part of their contracts and Quizzical Pictures run sexual harassment workshops before any production begins
“We stand in solidarity with all women in our society who have experienced this act..”
— ♻️ (@inaambura) July 23, 2020
Meanwhile Mangaliso posted a since-deleted apology on Facebook in which he takes responsibility for his accusations and admits he was “out of line”.
However, some social media users are not ‘buying’ the actor’s apology and have dragged him for being a ‘predator’.
— Mzansi Trending Videos (@MzansiVideos) July 23, 2020
Mxm he’s only apologising cause now one of his victims had the guts to stand up against him… Sorry but not sorry 😏😏
— Thandeka Maseko (@olwe04) July 23, 2020
If he was not reported was he going to apologize? He intentionally harassed other kids and now he wants to apologize? Haaibo
— Emily Rakau (@EmmsWaRakau) July 23, 2020
Is there a template that some celebrities use to apologize?? Coz honestly all these apologies look the same. pic.twitter.com/blAxjNdyrC
— WakwaSikhonde❤️💛💚🖤 (@samsam_zax) July 23, 2020
Some have even demanded he be prosecuted for making an ‘admission of guilt’.
This is an admission of guilt mos, isn’t there some kind of way in which he can be charged so he can be punished correctly? This country’s legal system is useless, we must have a special court to deal with this things gape we tired hle. It can’t be pic.twitter.com/HITQIit8kf
— #PutSACitizensFirstNow 🇿🇦 (@Ckhola1745) July 24, 2020