By Tilo ngwana Rashaka
I know truth is not based on my instincts or how I feel regarding a particular issue, but I can bet with my life Maggie Benedict, former Generations actress, did not steal a packet of panado from Checkers.
I’m not Maggie’s accountant and neither I’m her financial adviser but I can confidently tell that she can afford not only one packet of Panado but many.
Maggie has worked hard to build her brand. Why, then, would she want to jeopardize her career and public image by stealing something worth less than R20?
Media 24 publications, Daily Sun, Sunday Sun and City Press in their quest to report about Maggie’s ‘shoplifting saga’ failed to provide the public with a balanced reporting and impartial account of reality.
Without speaking to Maggie to hear her side of story, the newspapers ran sensationalized articles aimed at painting Maggie a thief while discrediting her.
The Daily Sun and its sister publication reported that “… allegedly stole a small packet of Panados (125g).”
Stole? Really, how sure are we? How about “allegedly took a small packet of Panados (125g) by a mistake?”
Not every Tom and Dick can afford to buy from Checkers. The fact that Maggie went to shop from that store already proves she has money and can afford to pay for a packet of Panado.
What if it was a cashier’s mistake?
Or maybe Maggie was answering her phone and mistakenly put back the phone and a packet of Panado in the bag without realizing or something like that?
Mistakes do happen, real thieves don’t steal Panados.
Maybe is because of my soft spot when it comes to Maggie but from where I’m sitting, in the comfort of my double bed, I don’t think Maggie stole anything. It was just a misunderstanding.
Just like me and you, Maggie too is a human being and mistakes do happen. Instead of treating her like a serial thief, we should rather seek to understand what really happened before jumping to conclusions.
I would really like to apologize to her for the manner in which she was treated. Whether people like to hear it or not, Maggie is very talented and I would like to urge her to stay strong and let this not ruin her career and reputation.