Mangaliso Ngema and daughterMangaliso Ngema and daughter-Image Source@Instagram

Actor Mangaliso Ngema Has R*pe Charges Against Him Withdrawn by NPA

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has withdrawn r*pe charges against seasoned South African actor Mangaliso Ngema. The actor was charged with r*pe by a family member and appeared in court in June 2022, after which he was released on bail.

Relief for Mangaliso

In response to the NPA’s decision, Mangaliso expressed his gratitude to everyone who supported him during the case. Speaking to TshisaLIVE, he said, “It is something that I expected, it’s just that it took long because the NPA was taking its time. Every time we appear they ask for postponement because they were still busy with investigations but after they’ve done their investigations and spoke to a number of people and made up their minds.”

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Mangaliso and his sister
Mangaliso Ngema and his sister-Image Source@Twitter

He also spoke of his relief at the outcome, stating that “it’s not nice being dragged to court and having to stand in front of a magistrate. It’s so embarrassing and so demeaning and for someone like me who’s in the film industry. This thing put a final nail in my coffin and it killed my career in a bad way.”

Allegations Denied by Mangaliso

When the allegations arose in 2022, Mangaliso denied them, stating that his family member had been “showing signs of mental and spiritual instability” since the beginning of May. He also spoke of the toll the case took on him, stating that “once you’ve been charged you are guilty until proven innocent especially with social media. So it’s just been a very painful journey for me.”

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Mangaliso’s Plans for the Future

Despite the difficult experience, Mangaliso is already looking ahead to the future. He is working on a podcast aimed at helping men who find themselves in similar situations and hopes to use his skills as a broadcaster to highlight these issues.

Mangaliso Ngema
Mangaliso Ngema-Image Source@Instagram

“There are many men, even my industry colleagues, who doubted me and were confused by the whole thing and a lot of them who wanted me to be found guilty,” he said. “So I just want to use my skill and talent as a broadcaster to highlight these problems, that’s the best thing I can do in these situations.”

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Withdrawal of Charges Confirmed by NPA

The NPA South Gauteng spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, confirmed that the case against Mangaliso had been withdrawn after new evidence emerged, convincing the prosecution that there were no prospects of a successful prosecution.

Overall, while the case has undoubtedly been a difficult and painful experience for Mangaliso, he is now able to look forward to the future and to use his skills to help others who may find themselves in similar situations.

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