opular actor Mangaliso Ngema has been shown the door over serious allegations of sexual harassment on SABC2’s Lithapo set!
And Quizzical Pictures confirmed in a statement that the matter has been resolved and the actress involved is happy with the outcome.
The decision to fire Mangaliso Ngema comes after three well-known actresses, Lorraine Moropa, Altovise Lawrence, Nomshado Jaola accused the same “male” actor of sexual harassment on set.
“Dear all, I am not going to deny allegations leveled 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,” wrote Mangaliso Ngema on his Facebook page.
He expressed that as a senior professional and a fatherly figure, he was out of line.
“In this time when as a country is fighting the GBV pandemic, I must be responsible and exemplary. I apologize to my family, all the cast members, and Quizzical Pictures for bringing the set into disrepute. I take responsibility and I take the fall I deserve,” he said.
Mangaliso has since deleted his Facebook apology and we have a screenshot below:
Entertainment Commentator Phil Mphela said that Mangaliso Ngema is prepared to challenge the termination of his contract by Quizzical Pictures.
On Tuesday MGOSI.co.za reported that Lithapo actress Lorraine Moropa has opened up about being constantly sexually harassed by a male senior at work, adding that the male lead actor grabs their genitals on set while looking at her behind.
“Being constantly sexually harassed by a male senior at a workplace cannot and should not be tolerated. Your senior, someone who’s meant to guide and protect you in the entertainment industry violates your human rights, that’s not even half the pain,” wrote Lorraine Moropa.
Lorraine Moropa continued: “Imagine working with someone who undresses you from how he looks at you. Someone that grabs their genitals on set while looking at your a$$ or grabs your a$$ 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.”
Another actress Altovise Lawrence has opened up about her own experience of sexual harassment allegations against the same actor, saying that she supports and stands with Lorraine Moropa.
“I stand in solidarity with Lorraine Moropa who has had the courage to come out and say that she has been sexually harassed by an actor on set. The same man that sexually harassed her, has sexually harassed me too on the very same set.
“He told me that I’m sexy. He has asked me how far down my tattoos go. He has undressed me with his eyes. He offered to furnish my apartment in exchange for sex. He has bitten his lip when I’ve exited the change-room. He has spoken about how great my a$$ looks in wardrobe (a pencil skirt in this instance); loud enough for cast and crew to hear,” wrote Altovise Lawrence.
Another actress on the same Lithapo set Nomshado Jaola also said that she experienced sexual harassment on her first day on set from the same man that has been accused of sexual harassment.
“On my 1st day on set even. I went into the green room from the wardrobe and he was sitting in there alone, I was put in a dress with a long zip in the front and he told me to open up the zip so he can see. IT WAS MY FIRST DAY EVER ON A PROFESSIONAL SET,” wrote Nomshado Jaola.