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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA- JULY 18: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Tol Mo Ass during the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards on July 18,2015 at the Durban International Conference Centre in Durban,South Africa. The MTV Africa Music Awards celebrate and honour the continent's talent.

BET Pulls Episode of 'Behind the Story with Pearl Thusi’ Amid Controversy

Following outrage at the scheduled interview of rape-accused comedian Tol Ass Mo on 'Behind the Story with Pearl Thusi', BET Africa has decided to pull the episode entirely.

BET Africa has found itself in the midst of controversy after announcing the upcoming guest on South African actress Pearl Thusi's show Behind the Story with Pearl Thusi. South African comedian, Tol Ass Mo, who was scheduled to be interviewed by Thusi alongside his wife Mome, is currently facing rape charges brought against him by actress and model Lerato Moloi, EWN reports. The television network recently announced that it has decided to pull the episode allegedly "out of respect for the current environment, legal proceedings and the basis of impartiality."


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Public outcry among South Africans on social media began shortly after Thusi tweeted a snippet of the recorded interview with Tol Ass Mo. In a statement released by Moloi, the actress and model details her alleged sexual assault at the hands of the comedian in 2014 while on set for a television production.

Moloi continues in her statement writing:

"I shared a bit of my silent experiences on social media in June 2020...In the past 2 month's (sic) I have been served with letters from his attorneys to remove my tweets...This culminated in an arrest warrant being issued against me and my subsequent imprisonment."

Given the alarming state of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide in South Africa, and continued critiques that the government is simply not doing enough to protect victims of abuse, the interview became a major talking point. Individuals such as Rosie Motene and Simphiwe Dana have since come out in support of Moloi.

Many questioned Thusi's stance as an activist who reportedly supports women after she tweeted "...I'm an activist but that doesn't mean I'm a judge..." The actress went on to compare her situation with that of American broadcast journalist Gayle King who interviewed R Kelly last year. Thusi has since made this particular tweet unavailable under her now protected Twitter account. Below are screenshots of the tweet in question which were shared by a social media user.

Others, on the other hand, came to Thusi's defence. The actress has, however, not yet responded to the news of the interview having been pulled by BET Africa.


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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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