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Sunday World - - News - MOSA MOKHEMA

BIG Brother Mzansi con­tes­tant Than­dokazi Hl­watika al­legedly jumped the queue to grab a spot in­side the house.

It has come to light that Hl­watika was an em­ployee of the agency that han­dled the Big Brother Mzansi pub­lic re­la­tions ac­count at the time of the re­al­ity show’s Joburg au­di­tions.

The 23-year-old re­signed only af­ter she was ac­cepted into the house.

A com­pany in­sider who did not want to be named told Sun­day World that Hl­watika went against the agency s com­pe­ti­tion pol­icy.

The pol­icy states that agency per­son­nel are not al­lowed to en­ter [our client] com­pe­ti­tions as it is con­flict of in­ter­est.

How is it pos­si­ble that she was cho­sen as one of the con­tes­tants? Ogilvy em­ploy­ees and their fam­ily mem­bers may not par­tic­i­pate in the pro­mo­tion where clients are con­cerned,” said the in­sider.

The source added that Hl­watika didn’t truth­fully dis­close her rea­son for her res­ig­na­tion.

Thando said she was go­ing over­seas to teach.”

Ogilvy & Mather spokes­woman Ivana Naidoo con­firmed that Hl­watika was em­ployed at the com­pany when she en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion.

De­spite the fact that the Big Brother con­tes­tant was an agency em­ployee, Naidoo dis­missed the is­sue.

Thando was not in­volved on the Mul­tiChoice ac­count,” was all she would say.

Mul­tiChoice spokes­woman Nom­ph­elo Ndz­imela said the rules were clear that people who were em­ployed by or re­lated to Big Brother SA pro­duc­tion com­pany En­de­mol, Mul­tiChoice or any of the MIH Group of com­pa­nies, were not al­lowed to en­ter any of their com­pe­ti­tions.

Ndz­imela said Hl­watika did noth­ing wrong in terms of Mul­tiChoice s com­pe­ti­tion rules.

Ogilvy and Mul­tiChoice are sep­a­rate, and be­cause of that, Thando wasn t pre­vented from par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Hl­watika is still in the house af­ter es­cap­ing pos­si­ble evic­tion last week.

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