Filmmaker Tebogo Malope recently accused Ster-Kinekor Sandton employees of asking for bribes to sneak people into movies without them buying tickets.
“Hey @sterkinekor your employees at Sandton r asking for bribes 2 sneak us into shows 😩 can you address this? Somehow!” Malope tweeted.
The backlash to the SAFTA-award-winning director’s report was severe, with Malope being called “snitch” and receiving death threats.
“Dude this is so wrong! So they gonna lose their jobs just because you don’t wanna sneak in?” said a detractor on Twitter.
“I don’t support bribery but I wanna know if you’ve called @sterkinekor out for paying low salaries?” another person said.
One person posted a picture of a man being necklaced (having a tyre placed around their neck, which is then filled with fuel and set alight).
“You know what happens to snitches right? They get beaten up badly,” one person posted.
There were also messages of support from people who said Malope did the right thing for calling out corruption and theft.
Ster-Kinekor told MyBroadband it has taken note of reports regarding the bribes and said the allegations are being investigated.
“Ster-Kinekor will not tolerate any incidents of crime in its cinemas and where necessary will hand cases to the SAPS for further investigation,” it said.