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newsCity Press reports that the Film and Publication Board (FPB) this week dropped all of its reported 279 charges against its former CEO Themba Wakashe.  

According to sources, the FPB also agreed to pay out Wakashe’s contract, a whopping R2.1 million, in return for his resignation, and offered to write him a positive letter of reference.  The claims against Wakashe, who was suspended in October 2016, included that he sent sexual messages to male colleagues and invited one to a hotel.  No evidence was apparently ever presented to Wakashe’s lawyers to support the charges, which included sexual harassment.  All Wakashe was willing to say about the drama was:  “You know, there’s one thing that they will never, ever accept.  Never.  They will deny it, but it’s the issue of my sexual orientation.”  Wakashe has never hidden the fact that he is gay and, according to several sources, the FPB is known to house, among some of its workers and council members, a culture of conservative Christianity that does not hold homosexuality in a favourable light.  Last week the FPB was unwilling to comment.

Read this City Press report by Charl Blignaut in full at Channel24

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