Sports fans were left in disbelief when popular presenter, Robert Marawa, was suddenly dismissed by SuperSport. It's believed there is more to his dismissal than meets the eye and Robert is seeking legal advice.
He shared the sad news on social media, saying he was informed via a text message. It is rumoured that his dismissal had something to do with a 'sexual harassment' cover-up, as reported on earlier by Briefly.co.za.
City Press reports that the presenter is not going to leave matters as they are, and is seeking legal advice.
A close friend to Robert says he feels his dismissal was unwarranted and unfair.
Meanwhile, SuperSport blamed Robert's dismissal on his no-nonsense approach. His stance on football-related issues hasn't always gone down well with football bosses, according to City Press.
An insider apparently revealed this after Robert's dismissal.
“I can tell you that one of the reasons Robert’s contract was not renewed is that the sporting federations are unhappy with the way he portrays them publicly."
It is believed Robert may have said something during a meeting that left a higher-up sour.
“Marawa speaks his mind and he tells it as it is. This has portrayed him as a rude and a hard person to work with. But whatever he said in that meeting has really gotten him into trouble, hence he was axed."
On the allegations of sexual abuse, Clinton van der Berg, spokesperson for SuperSport, said it is unrelated to Robert's dismissal.
"We take the matter of sexual harassment very seriously. This is a deeply personal, sensitive matter that has devastating long-term effects on those who are impacted by it."
“The channel is in the process of an exciting refresh of its local presenter line-up, which will be unveiled as part of our new football season campaign. The restructuring includes us not pursuing our contractual relationship with Marawa."
However, the rumours won't just die down, and one woman, Mmaphuti Mashamaite, shared a tweet after allegedly being a victim herself. She hasn't been available for comment yet.
City Press quoted her tweet:
“What did I just read? I was painted as a loose goose, a wild child ... just to cover for a sexual predator at work. I had three mental breakdowns soon after. I got less bookings. I couldn’t talk. I can’t talk still. But I’m tired. Even if I never work in this industry again..."
“I will be okay. All I want is to make sure no girl child goes through this again. ‘Protect your brand,’ they say."
“I’m a feminist through and through. But somehow I couldn’t protect and defend myself from this man. I can’t stop crying. But it’ll be okay. All I want is to work and grow in this beautiful field.”
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