Moja Love releases statement after airing episode depicting gender-based violence

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Thando and Siyacela Dlamuka
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  • Moja Love has spoken out on why it aired the much-talked-about and controversial episode of reality TV show Isencane Lengane on Sunday.
  • In the episode, Thando Dlamuka and her husband, Siyacela, engaged in a heated argument, which led to a physical altercation.
  • However, the channel says Thando was immediately offered counselling and is monitoring her progress. 

Following a much-talked-about and controversial episode of reality TV show Isencane Legane, Moja Love (DStv 157) has spoken out about its stance towards gender-based violence.

"As a channel, we take violence of any sort seriously, and we do not condone nor support gender-based violence in any way," Moja Love's head of channel, Bokani Moyo said in a press statement. "It was important to air this episode of Isencane Lengane as it is our social responsibility to educate our audiences and mirror what [is] happening in our communities."

"Cancelling the show is not the solution, but let's rather open a platform to discuss issues that are eating away the moral fibre of our society."

Moyo's remarks came after the show, and channel, came under scrutiny following the episode, which aired on Sunday.

In the episode, Thando Dlamuka and her husband, Siyacela, engaged in a heated argument, which led to him being violent toward her. During their conversation after the physical altercation, which was filmed, Siyacela slammed her phone onto the floor.

"Moja Love intervened as the incident was happening," the statement continued. "It is important to point out that the Moja Love crew arrived during the altercation between Siyacela and Thando, and police were called in. The crew was not allowed to film this."

The statement added:

"Thando was given an option to open a case against Siyacela, but she chose not to exercise that option and instead, the channel moved Thando away to a different location from Siyacela. Counselling was offered to Thando immediately to deal with her trauma, and the channel is monitoring her progress."

Later in the episode, the couple met when Thando wanted to collect their son's SASSA card. During the conversation, she told Siyacela she could not be with a man who hit her.

"Moja Love prides itself on producing content that reflects the reality in our society, including social ills, and as such, could not sweep the gender-based violence incident between Thando and Siyacela under the carpet," the statement continued. "In a country burdened by gender-based violence and femicide, Moja Love has a responsibility to reflect and show the extent of this pandemic."

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