Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged local TV production houses to produce soapies with storylines that “advance society.”
Speaking at the 2019 South Africa Men of the Year Awards held in Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, Lesufi lamented that there is too much “guns and kissing” on TV.
He said this may have an effect on young learners who come home from school every day only to watch scenes with such acts on evening soapies.
Lesufi said, “You can do better. We are calling on the production companies to say you can run stories that build society rather than decide it.
“We don’t want to dictate to your talent but it can’t [be] television for kissing. Muvhango, they are kissing, Generations, they are kissing…”
The MEC has made similar comments in the past. In 2016, he told The Citizen that “kissing, violence and witchcraft” contribute to ill discipline in schools.
“If it is not kisses, it is guns and nowadays it is witchcraft, and honestly speaking, this really worries me big time because when you go to developed countries, during prime time, pupils are told important things about life,” he was quoted saying.
SA Men of the Year Awards
According to its Facebook page, the SA Men of the Year Awards are held to “recognise men who contribute positively in their societies and honour them.” It is organised by a “group of professionals.”
It is held annually and Wednesday’s event was the fifth. It honours men in various categories including media, sports, education and leadership, amongst others.
The event also awards one man the overall title of “Man of the Year.” Members of the public are allowed to make nominations.
Tshepo Mokoena, the founder and chairman of Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA), was named 2019 SA Man of the Year.
According to its website, MADA is a non-governmental organisation “that is dedicated to the empowerment of youth and communities, through skills, career, enterprise and social development.” It is based in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Previous winners include Gustav Wilson, Director of Free State’s Department of Correctional Services, and Themba Gudlhuza, chairman of the Gudlhuza Football Club.