He was the picture of innocence. A vibrant young presenter on Expresso, and the friendly guy from the OUTsurance ads…
But all that changed in an instant.
A damning video showing Katlego Maboe’s wife berating him for cheating on her went viral. The clip had Mzansi in the edge of its seat, waiting to see what happened next. Less than 24 hours later, Katlego’s reputation was muddied and his career hung in the balance.
Allegations of abuse, infidelity, and an alleged STD surfaced. The presenter is due to appear in court following allegations that he violated a protection order against him.
OUTsurance has dropped all ads featuring Katlego until the outcome of the court case is revealed. Expresso also removed him from their lineup until the matter has been fully investigated.
Part of Cardova Productions’ statement read, “We condemn any acts of violence and mistreatment, especially against women and children, and therefore take such allegations very seriously. Until such time as the matter has been fully investigated, and pending the outcome, Katlego Maboe will not be appearing on The Expresso Morning Show.”
While OUTsurance Spokesperson Natasha Kawulesar said on behalf of the brand, “Following media reports of infidelity and an acrimonious marital relationship, including alleged physical abuse, involving Katlego Maboe, OUTsurance has engaged extensively with Katlego. It was decided that Katlego and his family should be afforded the space and time to deal with this matter.
Petition to bring him back
Katlego still has a number of loyal fans in South Africa who believe that his personal life shouldn’t have an impact on his career prospects. In fact, they started a petition to bring him back on air. Over 66,400 people had signed the petition at the time of writing.
“I am not condoning his behaviour of cheating on his partner but this young man is human after all and I feel this woman took their internal bedroom or home affairs to the outside world of which it doesn’t concern us and it doesn’t concern his work as well,” said Lindy KaMahlobo who started the petition.
More rumours of infidelity surface
In the initial viral video, Katlego’s wife, Monique Muller demands that he names the other woman who she believes Katlego had been unfaithful with.
In the video, a sullen Katlego can be seen reluctantly answering his wife’s questioning as she emotionally probes him about the other woman. She begins by offering him an ultimatum – to tell the truth, or to lose access to his family forever. Katlego and Monique have a child together who was born in 2018.
Katlego admits to sleeping with another woman before naming her in the video and saying that the incident occurred after a night out.
Shortly after the video was leaked, Katlego admitted that he and his wife were in the middle of a ‘painful’ separation. He categorically denied, however, deny any abuse in the relationship. “In light of the comments made against me, I would like to state that I have never abused my partner,” he said in a Tweet.
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Truth: I was unfaithful to my partner during a very important time of our lives – an act I regret to this day. We are currently undergoing an unfortunate and painful separation which is being resolved through legal proceedings. As you can imagine, separations are quite a difficult thing to deal with, especially with a child involved. In light of the comments made against me, I would like to state that I have never abused my partner. I have always and will always stand up against the abuse of women and children – in fact, the abuse of anyone for that matter. I had chosen to deal with this matter privately to protect and safeguard our child. At the end of the day, our child is all that matters to me. However, I will leave this to the legal system and let the truth have its day.
On the day of his expected court appearance, more rumours surfaced of another alleged incident in which Katlego spent the night with a woman in a hotel in Kiev. He was a Lays ambassador at the time and the woman had allegedly won a competition associated with the brand.
This information has not been confirmed by either Lays or Katlego.
The situation has South Africans divided
Tweeps have been debating the situation ever since the viral video surfaced. While one camp believes Katlego is getting exactly what he deserves for not being faithful to his wife, the other side is convinced that his personal affairs should be kept personal.
Of course, celebs are human too, but should media personalities be held to a ‘higher standard’? Or is having your dirty laundry aired on Twitter just one of the ‘risks’ of being in the public eye?
Many commenters have criticised Katlego’s wife, Monique Muller, saying that she’s jeopardised their child’s future by affecting Katlego’s career and ability to earn money to support the family.
Where will it all end? The court case and, ultimately, the court of public opinion will decide his fate.
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