Batlile Phaladi
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12 May 2015
3:58 pm

Big Brother checks the spirit level

Batlile Phaladi

After a long wait on the investigations of the alleged sexual misconduct on Mzansi’s most loved reality show Big Brother Mzansi, the Pay TV broadcaster Mnet has finally announced that following the result of the investigation which was not fully sketched out to the public, the show will be monitoring the contestants' alcohol consumption.

The Big Brother Mzansi logo. Picture: Supplied.

The Pay TV said it has completed a comprehensive third-party investigation of the processes and circumstances surrounding the incident involving two contestants last month.

This after Adams and Bexx were booted out of the show following an alleged sexual misconduct early last month.

Social media was buzzing with rumours that Adams might have sexually assaulted his fellow female contestant Bexx, whom the Pay TV said was removed from the show, for her “well-being”.

The investigation was carried out by independent law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr from April 6th.

Mnet said in a statement that the investigation did not reveal clear suggestion that anything was amiss from the events leading up to the incident.

“The incident was escalated the following day after a conversation between housemates.

“However, from now on, the house will be closely monitored.”

Following the outcome of the investigation, M-Net and the producers of the Big Brother Show, Endemol Shine Africa, said it will implement several additional policy measures to ensure the well-being of reality show contestants.

M-Net said it had made the implementation of these measures a mandatory condition for the production of all reality shows.

The conditions include:

  • On-site content directors will intervene immediately to address any suspicious conduct, whether on air or not, and then escalate to senior production staff.
  • Future productions of the Big Brother shows must include a person solely responsible for risk mitigation and monitoring the ongoing well-being of housemates.
  • Production teams will receive in-depth legal and ethical training on potential misconduct.
  • Alcohol consumption will be more closely monitored. Housemates must more frequently be reminded that they are responsible for making their own decisions but if necessary, the producers
    will intervene proactively.

As of now, no criminal case has been opened.