The controversial episode, which aired in May 2020, showed Maarohanye confronting a man who had allegedly been cheating on his partner. During the altercation, Maarohanye and his crew were attacked by the man and his supporters, resulting in injuries and damage to equipment. Maarohanye claims that Moja Love and MultiChoice failed to provide adequate security for the crew, despite being aware of the risks involved in filming such confrontations.
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In his lawsuit, Maarohanye alleges that Moja Love and MultiChoice were negligent and reckless in their handling of the incident, and that they breached their duty of care towards him and his crew. He claims that he suffered physical and emotional injuries as a result of the incident, and that his reputation has been damaged. He is seeking R94 million in damages for loss of income, medical expenses, emotional trauma, and damage to his career and reputation.
Moja Love has not yet issued a public statement in response to the lawsuit. However, the channel has faced criticism in the past for its controversial reality shows, which often involve confrontations and arguments between participants. Critics have argued that these shows promote violence and are not in the public interest.
The lawsuit comes at a time when there is increasing scrutiny of reality shows in South Africa, following the death of a contestant on the popular reality show “Survivor SA” in 2021. The contestant, Jeanette Dreyer, died by suicide shortly after filming the show, and her death has raised questions about the duty of care owed by production companies to their participants.
Maarohanye is a well-known media personality in South Africa, who rose to fame as a musician before becoming a television presenter. He has been involved in several controversies in the past, including a 2010 incident in which he was convicted of culpable homicide and reckless driving, following a car accident that resulted in the deaths of four children.
In recent years, Maarohanye has focused on his television career, hosting several popular reality shows. However, the incident on “Uyajola 9/9” has raised questions about the safety of such shows, and the responsibility of production companies towards their participants.
It remains to be seen how the lawsuit will be resolved, and what implications it may have for the South African television industry. However, it is clear that the incident on “Uyajola 9/9” has sparked a wider debate about the ethics of reality shows, and the duty of care owed by production companies towards their participants and crew.