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Social media boycotts SAFTAs after Katlego Maboe blunder

Andile Sicetsha - 15.05.2021

Katlego Maboe has a supportbase and its calling for the cancellation of the SAFTAs.

The South African Film and Television Awards (2021 SAFTAs) took a late decision on the inclusion of Katlego Maboe on its nominations list and, boy, did that not go down well.

SAFTAs drop Katlego Maboe from TV Presenter category

In a statement released on Friday evening, the National Film and Video Foundation indicated that, after much consideration, it would be in the best interest of the public to distance itself from Maboe, who is currently in court for domestic abuse charges.

“After careful deliberation of concerns raised regarding the nomination of Mr.Katlego Maboe in the Best TV Presenter Public Vote Category, announced on Thursday, 29 April 2021, the SAFTA’s jury has decided to rescind his nomination,” the statement read.

With immediate effect, every vote that went towards Maboe who was favourite to bag the Best TV Presenter category would be null and void.

Of course, this didn’t go down too well when the announcement surfaced on social media. Part of the public’s frustration was the NFVF’s failure to address the chief reason behind this decision.

After all, the SAFTAs authority would have been aware of the ongoing troubles Maboe faces when the judging panel was selecting its nominees.

Could it be that Maboe was leading with the most votes in the category and that the move to pull him out of contestation was an attempt to save the brand from turmoil during his acceptance speech?

This pertinent question and many others were not addressed in the NFVF’s statement.

Social media reacts to Maboe’s black-ball

Maboe has, in the midst of all the turmoil that came from the cheating scandal, kept a low profile. His cult fanbase, however, is not mute about the apparent ‘injustices’ he’s faced.

Here are some of the reactions we picked out: