Questions remain after M-Net concludes Big Brother SA probe

2015-05-09 14:09

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Johannesburg - M-Net has concluded its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct in the Big Brother SA house but has said nothing about whether or not the allegations are true.

Social media was abuzz with speculation a few weeks ago when M-Net announced that two housemates, Axola “Bexx” Mbengo and Siyanda “Adams” Ngwenya of the show had been removed from the house.

Though never confirmed, the speculation was that there was an incident of sexual misconduct which occurred after a night of heavy drinking.

Bexx and Adams have both remained silent since being removed from the house.

City Press tracked down Adams, but even Adams himself failed to tell us what exactly happened between her and Bexx.

All he could say was: “I don’t think it would be useful for me to be involved in speculation by the media.”

Adams told City Press on Saturday that he has not been in contact with Bexx since he left the house. “I’m back in my home town where I’ve always been at my most comfortable and fulfilled. They have always supported me. Being around them gives me a chance to just relax around the people I value the most,” he said. Adams said that he has received counselling after leaving the house and he was doing “ok”.

He also made it loud and clear that he was not in a relationship with Bexx.

According to the M-Net statement, following the outcome of the investigation, M-Net and the producers of the Big Brother Show, Endemol Shine Africa, will implement several additional policy measures to ensure the well-being of reality show contestants. The new conditions include:

- On-site content directors will intervene immediately to address any suspicious conduct, whether on air or not, and then escalate to senior production staff.

- Future productions of the Big Brother shows must include a person solely responsible for risk mitigation and monitoring the ongoing well-being of housemates.

- Production teams will receive in-depth legal and ethical training on potential misconduct.

- Alcohol consumption will be more closely monitored. Housemates must more frequently be reminded that they are responsible for making their own decisions but if necessary, the producers will intervene proactively

“The investigation, which was carried out by independent law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr began on April 16 2015, after the producers suspected a possible incident of sexual misconduct may have occurred.

“Events leading up to the incident did not clearly suggest that anything was amiss. The incident was escalated the following day after a conversation between housemates,” the broadcaster wrote.

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