The FPB may take-down ‘The Wife’ graphic sex scene from Showmax

The FPB may take-down ‘The Wife’ graphic sex scene from Showmax

The Film and Publications Board (FPB) is reportedly reviewing Showmax’s popular telenovela The Wife’s sex scene between leading characters – Zandile and Nkosana.

This comes after the graphic sex scene went viral on social media and got the attention of the organisation.


My has reported that the FPB (Films and Publications Board) is investigating The Wife season two sex scene between Zandile and Nkosana following “online public concern”.

President Cyril Ramaphosa put the Film and Publications Amendment Act into operation two weeks ago, on 1 March 2022.

The organisation says it will review Showmax’s self-assigned rating of 16 VSNL for The Wife under the new “Internet Censorship Bill” law.

The law aims to give the organisation powers over online content in South Africa and also allows the FPB to have the offending content removed.

The Act defines prohibited content as material that amounts to propaganda for war, explicit sexual conduct which violates or shows disrespect for the right to the human dignity of any person, and many more.

“The FPB has, as a preliminary step, brought these to the attention of MultiChoice Support Services (Pty) Ltd to allow them an opportunity to respond to these in writing within seven days,” the FPB stated.

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The FPB will also review the channel’s age classification despite the viewers raving reviews who’ve now labelled the show as South Africa’s 50 Shades of Grey”.

Fans went wild with this scene as it looked real compared to previous scenes between Hlomu and Mqhele and Hlomu and Qhawe.

The organisation is questioning Showmax’s 16 VSNL rating for The Wife considering its previous approach to classifying films like 50 Shades of Grey.  

“As the FPB, we are worried about the distribution and wider circulation of this clip by members of the public via social media,” stated FPB acting chief executive officer Dr Mashilo Boloka.

“These clips have the potential to cause harm if accessed by children on unregulated online platforms”.

The organisation added that the spread of this material on social media platforms underlines the need for vigilance by the FPB to curb the illegal distribution of harmful and prohibited materials to protect the public, including children.

“We are putting in systems to monitor non-compliance with the new act, including the Online Rapid Response Team and the Enforcement Committee.’

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