Uyajola 9/9 has been nothing but explosive these past few episodes. Viewers were 'treated' to violence, strong language and nudity among other things. Despite many threatening to turn to report the show over to the The Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA), the organisation said they won't budge.
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Viewers were left unimpressed by the last few episodes of Uyajola 9/9 as they contained a lot of nudity. In one episode it was a male cheater whose private parts were exposed. The following episode saw a woman exposed to the crew members while in the nude.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, a member of the organization said it's only the people who are violated on Uyajola 9/9 who can complain and not third parties.
“In terms of clause 28.4 (dignity & privacy), of the Subscription Code of Conduct, only individuals who have been on the receiving end of such broadcasts have locus standi to complain. Accordingly, we cannot entertain complaints from 3rd parties,” said Shouneez Martin.
Moja Love TV Channels Bokani Moyo spoke about consent and whether the participants give such to have their private parts exposed.
“We follow standard industry procedures and processes on all our shows and Ujayola is no exception. We are a channel that prides itself in reflecting what is happening in our communities without fear or favour. Many people are aware that these are the things that are happening in the dark and as a channel, we expose and bring them to light.”
“We always take into consideration the feedback our viewers give us and see the feedback as constructive criticism. This allows us to evaluate where we can continuously improve. We create the content for the viewers so it’s important to allow them a platform to express their feelings.”
The same thing happened in 2019 where viewers complained to BCCSA and they confirmed that they received such complaints.
“MultiChoice can confirm that it has received a complaint from the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA), with regards to the recent episode of Uyajola 9/9, which aired on independent channel Moja Love on Saturday, 28 September 2019.
“Whilst we do not exercise editorial control over third-party channels, which have fully independent editorial and content policies, we are in discussions with the channel about this particular complaint and will respond accordingly to the BCCSA,” wrote MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs Joe Heshu in a statement to TshisaLive.
A week later, they went on a break, "Uyajola 99 is on a production break as the series have ended. Channel will announce when the series will be back on air. It doesn't mean that it is the end of the show because of people's complaints to the BCCSA. The production company has chosen to take a short break from filming as they have been doing it for some time,” she said.
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