Atandwa and Fiks Kani attack 'morals' behind Seng'khathele show
Atandwa and his wife Fikile Kani are not fans of Seng'Khathele and have slammed the relationship reality show for being "immoral" and using people's distraught lives for entertainment.
The show, hosted by Lerato Mvelase, helps couples who are seeking closure and allows them to unpack all the reasons that have bought them to this point of wanting to end the relationship, amicably.
Taking to Twitter, Atandwa said the show is problematic and questioned why they do not show any interest in actually helping the couples work through their issues and stay together.
The actor also wasn't impressed by how the show cashed in on grief as a form of entertainment.
"To be honest, the show Seng’Khathele is problematic, using the distraught lives of people for entertainment. Where are the psychologists, social workers, helplines or therapists?"
To be honest, the show “Seng’Khathele” is problematic, using the distraught lives of people for entertainment. Where are the psychologists, social workers, helplines or therapists? They couldn’t even give that lady a tissue to wipe her tears! They watched her use her shirt🤦🏾♂️— Atandwa Kani (@AtandwaKani) February 20, 2019
His wife Fikile shared similar sentiments about the show, and asked if actual help was offered to participants and those with similar issues watching at home.
#SengKhathele Is this show supporting its “talent” with counseling? Nthabisengs needs go way beyond content for our entertainment. Can you at least provide phone number to shelters? Clinics at the end of your show? I don’t think it’s right to take advantage of people like this💔— Fikile M Kani (@Fiks_SA) February 20, 2019
Lerato caught a whiff of the criticism, and responded by giving some answers. She also tagged the production company involved with the show to come answer some of the other concerns shared.
We offer Nthabiseng and Seun the following process.— #Sengkhathele (@TribalMHouse) February 21, 2019
Stage 1) speaking to a psychologist
Stage 2) 5 therapy sessions
Stage 3) Taken to a rehab center@TribalMHouse #Sengkhathele takes responsibility according to individual needs. Thank you for your concern.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE before the show debuted late last year, Lerato made it clear that it was created to help people.
She said the fact that there was no general structure as to how things should be when people break up meant solutions have to be tailor-made to suit the situation presented.
"What got me interested in the show was the idea of me having to share myself and my story with the guest from the show. To share, in part, words of wisdom and encouragement to both parties. To be human with them, knowing that I am touching their lives."