- Radio presenter for 702, Aubrey Masango has been asked to apologise for degrading a caller to his show
- Pieter Greyling phoned into the show to share his views on lan expropriation without compensation
- The caller claims that Masango twisted his words and he felt hurt by the comments that were made about him
Radio personality Aubrey Masango has landed in hot water for making condescending comments to a caller on his show in August. The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCSSA) has demanded that the 702 presenter apologise for his remarks immediately.
During Masango’s ‘Late Night Talk Show’, the topic of discussion was focussed on land expropriation without compensation and Pieter Greyling had phoned in to give his opinion.
According to Greyling, Masango misinterpreted the comments that he had made during his call and a heated discussion ensued.
Allegedly the radio presenter accused Greyling of saying that the Khoisan were lesser Africans, but according to the caller, he never said anything of the sort.
When he confronted Masango, he was called a liar and he felt extremely hurt when the presenter began humiliating him on air.
While the call only lasted five minutes, Masango proceeded to degrade Greyling for the next hour without giving him the chance to explain himself.
According to TimesLIVE, he reached out to the radio personality via Whastapp, however, he got no response.
The BCSSA issued a statement that said that Masango became very emotional during the discussion and prevented Greyling from expanding on his opinions.
The commission also stated that the presenter also spoke about the caller when other listeners phoned in to give their views.
Briefly.co.za learned that Masango referred to Greyling’s remarks as “utter nonsense” a total of 57 times and never once did he give an explanation as to why he made such comments.
Thabisile Mbete, the broadcaster’s manager, came forward to announce that the presenter will be taking leave after Wednesday’s show once he has offered an apology to Greyling.
The radio station has also been rapped over the knuckles for the way they approached such a controversial topic.
According to sections of the Broadcasting Code, 702 should have tried harder to ensure that the differing opinions were treated equally and if a caller does need to be reprimanded for their comments, they should be given the chance to explain themselves.
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