Shock and scandal is swirling around the Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe on SABC3, also known as the face of countless Outsurance “Chencha Daideng!” TV commercials, who has confessed to cheating on his partner with an Outsurance employee which resulted in his partner allegedly getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Following the release of a shocking and lurid video on social media on Thursday night that quickly went viral with thousands of views and comments from South Africans, Katlego Maboe who’ve won SAFTA awards as Best TV presenter, posted a statement on Twitter admitting to having cheated on his partner and that they are separating because of it.
“Truth: I was unfaithful to my partner during a very important time of our lives – an act I regret to this day. We are currently undergoing an unfortunate and painful separation which is being resolved through legal proceedings,” Katlego Maboe said.
“As you can imagine, separations are quite a difficult thing to deal with, especially with a child involved. In light of the comments made against me, I would like to state that I have never abused my partner.”
“I have always and will always stand up against the abuse of women and children – in fact, the abuse of anyone for that matter. I had chosen to deal with this matter privately to protect and safeguard our child. At the end of the day, our child is all that matters to me.”
“However, I will leave this to the legal system and let the truth have its day,” Katlego Maboe said.
In the shocking video, Katlego Maboe confesses his infidelity to his partner who confronts him and records him and asks him who he has had sex with. Eventually he tells her, after his wife tells him that he might never see their son again.
Katlego Maboe mentions the name of a woman who works at Outsurance in Cape Town and admits that he had sex with her at a hotel but that it only happened once.
Katlego Maboe’s partner in the video alleges that Katlego Maboe gave her a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) that has damaged her womb, affecting the chances of her having another child.
On Friday morning Katlego Maboe was absent from Expresso’s Cape Town studios in Tokai with Friday’s edition that was anchored by Graeme Richards, Ryle DeMorny, Jamie-Lee Domburg and Thabiso Makhubela but it’s not clear whether he was slated to be on as one of group of rotating presenters of the weekday morning show produced by Cardova Productions.
Following his cheating scandal it’s not yet clear whether Katlego Maboe is getting dropped as an Expresso presenter or if he will be temporarily removed from his on-screen role.
SABC3 as well as Expresso, through its PR agency The Platinum Club, were asked in late-night media enquiries for comment which will be added here once received.
Outsurance was also asked in a late-night media enquiry on Thursday night for comment about Katlego Maboe and the video that trended on Thursday night.
Outsurance was also asked whether Outsurance is removing the TV commercials and campaign in which he appears and whether Outsurance will continue to use him in its TV commercials. Comment from Outsurance will be added here once it’s received.
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