Fake news backlash has Bonang pulling out of international media conference


What was meant to be a highly-anticipated event celebrating women in the media industry has turned into a PR mess.

Organisers of the International Women in Media conference have had to deal with what appears to have been the spread of unfounded rumours.

These emerged after US actress Taraji P Henson, who took the world by storm with her portrayal of Cookie Lyon in the popular series Empire, slammed reports that she would be attending the conference.

A-list female talents such as Ashanti, Halle Berry and Taraji were reportedly announced on Wednesday to be heading to Mzansi for the conference in September.

Taraji, upon seeing on social media that she has been billed to attend the event, let everyone know that it was “fake news” and she would not be coming to South Africa as she is shooting Empire.

Bonang Matheba was announced as the host of the media event and conference but she has since withdrawn from the event following the fiasco.

In a statement, Bonang said she wouldn’t be participating in the event following the Taraji fiasco.

“Bonang Matheba will not be participating in the International Women in Media conference which is slated to take place in Johannesburg. This comes after it was revealed today at a press briefing that one of the announced keynote speakers, Ms Taraji P Henson is no longer participating.”