Katlego Maboe and that STD: No place to hide for TV personality

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Katlego Maboe and Monique Muller. Picture: Twitter
Katlego Maboe and Monique Muller. Picture: Twitter


The internet erupted on Friday morning over a video that shows The Expresso Morning Show host and the face of insurance giant OUTsurance, Katlego Maboe, confessing to cheating on his partner, Monique Muller.

In it, Muller sets Maboe an ultimatum to tell her who he slept with. It is unclear what the ultimatum is for. Maboe, dressed in a red shirt and blue bathrobe – which has now becomely widely spoofed on Twitter – tells her that he cheated on her with a certain Nikita Murray. Murray is said to be an OUTsurance employee and is also married.

Murray tweeted late on Thursday night: “This video has caused nothing but pain to me and my family. An official statement will be released in the morning from my lawyers. I kindly ask that you please take it down and stop retweeting please.”

As she demands answers, Maboe tells Muller: “We went out, we went to my hotel room and we slept together.”

We are aware of the issue surrounding Katlego Maboe and have engaged with him on this. We want to provide Katlego and his family the time and space to deal with this private situation.
OUTsurance spokesperson Natasha Kawulesar

Her brother, Seth Muller, allegedly shared the clip, and also posted it on Instagram, stating: “Quick update, just got a call from @KatlegoMaboe’s lawyer threatening to have me locked up and my friend @Julian_Literally [rapper Julian Reuben Seroot] if we speak up again about this man’s abuse he put my sister through. Fun fact he probably wouldn’t want the public to know either, he gave my sister an STD which activated cancer cells and she might not be able to have children again, he also cheated on her while she was pregnant with his son and multiple other times. @KatlegoMaboe you can have me locked up, but once again, you can’t hide from this buddy.”

In the post, Seth tagged OUTsurance, anti-femicide activist group SA Women Fight Back, Expresso and Tropika Island of Treasure, which Maboe also hosted. OUTsurance on Friday said that all its TV commercials featuring Maboe would be removed.

OUTsurance spokesperson Natasha Kawulesar told Channel24: “We are aware of the issue surrounding Katlego Maboe and have engaged with him on this. We want to provide Katlego and his family the time and space to deal with this private situation. In the meantime, we will be removing all advertisements featuring Katlego as soon as practically possible.”

Maboe has become known for his catchphrase “Chencha dai deng” in the OUTsurance adverts.

The Expresso Morning Show, which airs on SABC3, said: “Certain serious allegations have been posted on social media about Katlego Maboe and, last night, a video was leaked showing Maboe seemingly admitting to cheating on his partner.

“We have been informed that a legal process relating to the allegations is currently sub judice. We condemn any acts of violence and mistreatment, especially against women and children, and therefore take such allegations very seriously.

“Until such time as the matter has been fully investigated, and pending the outcome, Maboe will not be appearing on The Expresso Morning Show.”

Because of how common it is, City Press speculates that the STD referred to is the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause cancer cells.

Stay safe: What you need to know about HPV

. HPV is extremely common. It is estimated that every person who is sexually active will get HPV at some point in their life if they don’t get the HPV vaccine.

. You should ideally go to your gynaecologist to check once a year for HPV or if you have been having unprotected sex. Your doctor, local clinic, the Marie Stopes centres and some Dis-Chem pharmacies can perform a pap smear test if you cannot afford specialist care.

. According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: “HPV can cause cervical and other cancers, including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus ... Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV.

Read: What is cancer? An oncologist gives us the lowdown

“The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the HPV that can cause cancers. There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health problems. People with weak immune systems [including those with HIV/Aids] may be less able to fight off HPV. They may also be more likely to develop health problems from HPV.”

. There are HPV vaccines that protect against strains that are most likely to cause cancer. The Cancer Association of SA encourages all girls and women from nine to 26 – provided they’re not sexually active – to get the HPV vaccine. Previously, the vaccine was not recommended for people older than 26, but new research shows it can still provide protection.

. The department of health runs a programme in all public schools around South Africa that provides all nine- to 10-year-old girls with the HPV vaccination.


Grethe Kemp 

Lifestyle editor

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