The 15th annual South African Film and Television Awards has withdrawn TV presenter Katlego Maboe's name from the nomination list. He was nominated in the public-voted category for Best TV Presenter. Maboe is currently dealing with serious allegations of domestic abuse. Morena Mothupi speaks to Janet van Eeden, SAFTA's Judging Chairperson. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - South African Film and Television Awards judging chairperson, Janet van Eeden says it was not an easy decision to remove TV presenter Katlego Maboe's name from the nomination list.
Maboe is currently facing serious allegations of domestic violence.
According to Safta, more complaints of sexual abuse have since surfaced from various organisations.
"Initially we had some complaints about the domestic violence video, which went viral but it was really, we had discussed this for two weeks, it was not a quick decision," van Eeden said.
"We have been in meetings with the jury, who are on that panel, with the CEO and with all the stakeholders involved in the Saftas and it has taken two weeks of long deliberations with the panel and votes and re-votes and questions to Katlego's lawyers but the final crunch, because he is a popular presenter and so this decision is not taken lightly at all, the final crunch came when we received complaints from feminist organisations and gay organisations and one group alleges that there were three women who had approached them about abuse from Mr Maboe."
Maboe was nominated in the public-voted category for Best TV Presenter.