Actor Mangaliso Ngema, has been fired from Lithapo after Quizzical, the production company behind the drama terminated his contract abruptly.
This follows a sexual assault case raised by fellow female cast members against a male actor on the show, prompting people to link him to the fiasco.
This was after actress Lorraine Moropa confessed about sexual harassment from a senior actor on the show.
She accused said person of undressing her by the way he looks at her and of grabbing his privates on a set while looking at her “a**s”.
“Imagine working with someone who undresses you from how he looks at you. Someone that grabs their ge_nitals on a set while looking at your a*s or grabs your a**s and laughs it off in front of a crew (yes my cases have always been in the presence of my colleagues) that to me is worse than a slap in the face,”
She declined to reveal the identity of the actor because of legal reasons
However, fellow at actors and actresses in the industry started circulating an image of Mangaliso Ngema, pointing him as the perpetrator.
Ngema played the role of Senzo Hlongwane.
In an initial statement released by Lithapo production company Quizzical Pictures it said it had “resolved the issue on the Lithapo set. The actress concerned is comfortable with the outcome. We would like to thank the cast and crew for their patience. Quizzical Pictures remains committed to creating a fair and respectful workplace for all our cast and crew,” said the production.
Harriet Gavshon from the production company explained that the decision to remove Ngema was with immediate effect.
“He is no longer part of the production and the story is being rewritten.
Quizzical Pictures deeply regrets the hurt that this has caused and would like to thank the actress for her bravery and speaking out against it.
“We take sexual harassment very seriously and will not tolerate any form of misconduct in our productions. We reiterate that this goes against our values, we subscribe to the Sister Working in Film and Television (Swift) and Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) code of conduct. 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,” said Gavshon.
“We stand in solidarity with all women in our society who have experienced this act.
We equally condemn any act of harassment against all women in our society. We would like to thank the cast and crew for their patience while this matter was being dealt with,” Gavshon added.
In a Facebook post, Ngema publicly apologised and admitted to the incident which took place on set.
Ngema’s account states: “I am not going to deny any allegations levelled against my name. I will take full responsibility for the sexual harassment case. I apologize to Miss Lorraine Moropa and others for the abuse I directed towards them.”
This post has since been deleted.