Shove a sister and get shoved

2010-09-18 00:00

THE Big Brother house was the centre of controversy this week when Uganda’s Hannington Kuteesa (24) violently shoved South African Lerato Sengadi (26) resulting in his eviction — three days after the fact.

The two Big Brother All Stars “barnmates” were involved in an altercation in the house’s diary room on Tuesday.

An angry Sengadi hurled insults at an irate Kuteesa, who lunged at Sengadi, pushing her across the room.

The incident, which saw both parties’ anger elevate to Hulk-like levels, was spurred by a discussion on the economic impact of malaria; a conversation Sengadi appeared to dominate.

Kuteesa, although removed from the diary room, was permitted to stay in the house — a decision that saw human rights groups lobbying for his immediate removal.

Early this week, M-Net said the decision to keep Kuteesa in the game was in the best interests of all the contestants. He was made to apologise to Sengadi.

However, yesterday morning the Big Brother voice told Kuteesa it was decided, “after careful consideration”, he would be evicted.

Within two hours of the announcement, the Big Brother All Stars facebook page had garnered 1 500 comments and interactions from fans around the continent.

Sengadi was also reprimanded for her part in the scuffle. “Lerato’s punishment: she has lost the right to nominate for the remainder of the game and she is not allowed to consume alcohol,” M-Net released via its facebook page.

M-Net’s spokesperson, Lani Lombard, said Kuteesa breached the show’s regulations with the attack.

She also confirmed Kuteesa would be offered support and treatment for his outburst. Before leaving, Kuteesa asked for Sengadi’s forgiveness. Sengadi said she was not angry and didn’t want Kuteesa to leave.

She stood quietly behind the other contestants as they bid Kuteesa a teary goodbye yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Commission for Gender Equality approved M-Net’s decision saying it “sends a strong message to women batterers”.

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