Drama galore even as The Real Housewives of Johannesburg is canned by M-Net.
As M-Net sticks by its decision to cancel popular reality TV show The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, the spectacle continues behind the scenes as cast members lay criminal charges of assault against each other.
The police confirmed this week that they were investigating three such cases laid by women on the show.
“Yes, police are investigating cases of assault in this matter. No suspect [has been] arrested yet,” Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said.
City Press has learnt that new cast member Gugu Khathi, the wife of Afrotainment stable boss DJ Tira, and resident housewives Brinnette Seapela and Christall Kay were allegedly embroiled in a nasty altercation at a club in Pretoria a month ago, which left crew and cast members injured.
Makhubela would not give details on the incident.
“What police can say is that two women opened cases of assault against each other. Police are investigating what happened in that matter,” he said.
Sources close to the cast have put the blame on the show’s producers for allegedly insinuating there was a physical altercation between the women for dramatic effect to attract viewership.
This resulted in Khathi and Seapela allegedly attacking Kay while cameras were rolling.
Kay confirmed the incident to City Press last week, but claimed that she was attacked without provocation.
“Khathi is the one who punched me in the eye, resulting in a black eye. She did this when I was sitting down and there was no threat to her. I have evidence to prove this.
“She is scared over what she has done and is trying to make out a case against me...
“Seopela was with her the entire time, aiding the attack on me,” she said.
The star opened a case of assault against Khathi and Seapela at Brooklyn Police Station.
Both Khathi and Seapela declined to comment on the matter.
A source close to the production said more cases of assault were opened against Kay as she had allegedly retaliated by attacking people on set, including the film crew.
“She felt attacked and just started hitting and screaming at everyone because she felt like this was a set-up.
“Unfortunately, it resulted in others opening cases against her as well, and that’s why the case is a bit bigger and requires some investigations before any arrests,” the source said.
Another source said cast members received communication from M-Net this week telling them that the show had been temporarily canned to allow a new production company to take over.
The show is currently produced by Pebbles Gqunta, Sonia Mbele and Rebone Sesing.
“The bottom line is that people felt unsafe. The producers love this kind of drama, so even Sonia never saw anything wrong with cameras rolling when the fight happened.
“That is why M-Net people lost their mind and asked: ‘Why did you not cut and calm the situation down?’ She lied,” the source said.
Mbele said: “An unacceptable incident between cast members – as covered by media – gave the channel no choice but to suspend the production.”
M-Net’s Philly Kubheka confirmed that the show had been canned, but did not go into details.
“Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg has been discontinued at this time due to unforeseen circumstances experienced during the production of the show,” she said.