The first episode of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg aired on the 3rd of August 2018 on 1Magic and it’s shocking.
At first, I wasn’t much hyped up about the show. I thought it would be just another franchised American TV show or another version of Diski Divas and I was wrong!
If you’re not familiar with the ‘Real Housewives’ show, it’s about a group of rich women, (contrary, not necessarily married). They come together to try and form friendships or sisterhood but then egos, drama, and fights come into the process.
Real Housewives of Johannesburg is produced by RHOSA Productions led by a black phenomenal woman, Pepples Gqunta.
My first impression of Real Housewives of Johannesburg; the show is a world-class production. It is invigorating to watch a beautiful side of South Africa, especially in an era where the imagery of Africa is told from perspectives of colonizers who focus on the bad side of Africa and intentionally exclude the fact that Africa is beautiful, and Africans are making the most.
Mercy really wants her vegan menu at Brinnette’s traditional wedding! Should traditional ceremonies cater for vegans and vegetarians too? #RHOJ pic.twitter.com/ODGK71EQ8Z
The most important thing I took out from the first episode is the fact that most of the women grew up in Soweto. They have their own successful businesses. As much as they are rich, they still uphold their ‘Africaness’ in their culturally diversified personalities.
Though Twitter thought it was a cringe-fest, I agree to some extent. That’s what Reality TV is, a cringe-fest. The first episode was already filled with drama. Being familiar with what unfolds in the Real Housewives of Atlanta, I can tell that punches, slaps, and Moet spills are on the cards soon.
There is already a noticeable clash of personalities. About 3 of the 5 women think they are queens. We know how that attitude ended up with Nene Leaks and Kenya Moore.
The Steinhoff share price jumped by over 40% today. This is the highest ever since the accounting “irregularities” fall. It seems like it is back to business as usual especially with Markus Jooste resigned as the CEO after the so-called accounting irregularities also ‘uncommonly’ known as corruption. New dawn?
It seems that Steinhoff woes are over and they’re bouncing back but will justice be served or this will be another cold case to join other thousands of cold cases whom the authorities refer to as “We Are Still Investigating”?
Least we forget that the recent findings found that the actual damage caused by the corruption is R198 Billion.
The former chairman, Christo Wiese, is also suing Steinhoff for R59 Billion in his losses but what about the losses suffered by South Africans under his chairmanship?
What is more appalling is their unwillingness to cooperate and undermining of the government of South Africa as Markus, the former CEO was summoned to Parliament of South Africa and refused to appear before parliament. On top of that, Steinhoff submitted documents with no information to the Hawks.
It is high time the government stops summoning perpetrators to Inquiries which have no results and start summoning them to courts of law, let them be trialed and prosecuted straight to jail.
It is becoming a norm that companies in the private sector after being exposed, they appoint blacks [women] into high positions to boost their ‘image’, just like how they recently appointed Wendy Luhabe into the Steinhoff Africa Board which is dominated by white men.
This is nothing but a Public Relations attempt to ‘calm’ the public and the government and be seen as if they are doing ‘something’ to fix the problem, of course with the aid of white media and articles such as “Inside the mind of ex-Steinhoff boss Markus Jooste: Here’s why you could be just like him!”
There are many injustices in this Steinhoff case. This is a perfect example of how corruption in the private sector is treated as mere mistakes or irregularities and the wheels of justice seem to turn even slower towards the Stellenbosch billionaires, yet billions disappeared, just like that and it’s business as usual.
I wonder what could have happened if Markus Jooste was Themba…
This is an opinion.