Metro FM presenter, Thato “DJ Fresh” Sikwane, has been temporarily suspended from his show by the SABC for using foul language on air.
SABC’s decision to suspend DJ Fresh follows his on-air rant against one of his listeners when he used the word “msunery” in response to the listener’s comments on his show. The word is an adaptation of an isiZulu swear word.
DJ Fresh also lambasted another listen on 20 May, when he asked the listener to “stop tweeting from his ass”.
The radio DJ’s comments did not sit well with his audience, especially listener, Daniel Mokwa, who laid a complaint with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA). He said DJ Fresh used strong language on air.
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According to SowetanLive, Mokwa also urged the SABC to discipline the breakfast show co-host because he was behaving like an untouchable person at the public broadcaster.
SABC spokesperson, Vuyo Mthembu confirmed that DJ Fresh has been pulled off air, but declined to comment any further.
“The SABC can confirm that Mr Thato Sikwane has been unscheduled on Metro FM until further notice. This is a matter between the organisation and Mr Sikwane and the SABC is not in a position to comment further,” said Mthembu.
According to Sunday World, they have seen the suspension letter signed by the Metro FM station manager, Sibongile Mtshali, which was sent to DJ Fresh on Tuesday.
It stated that DJ Fresh’s actions have brought the reputation of the organisation into disrepute, which management considered very serious, and contemplated action against the breakfast show presenter for contravention of certain clauses.
The same letter mentions the SABC was “currently investigating the issue to its full extent” and urged Sikwane to submit in writing his version of what happened before Friday, 21 June.
DJ Fresh confirmed that he has been suspended from the show and he received a letter asking him to make representations of his conduct.
“The only communication I have from the SABC is that there is some ‘investigation’ underway. My lawyer will attend to it and whatever the ‘outcome’! No further comment, thanks!” he wrote back to the publication.
Mthembu also confirmed that the SABC apologised to its listeners in the submissions to the BCCSA.
“With regards to using the phrase ‘tweeting from you’re a**s’, it is unfortunate that it was used by the presenter during that time in the heat of the moment. We sheepishly accept that the presenter was overtaken by emotions to rationally respond to the comment made by the listener against him. As an experienced presenter, we anticipate that the incident could have been avoided and for that we sincerely apologise to the complainant.
“In case of the term ‘msunery’, while not an appropriate word to use on air, the word m***u, as stated by the complainant was not used by the presenter,” read the SABC submission.
Meanwhile, two months ago, Briefly.co.za reported that DJ Fresh shared a tweet with his followers that had them confused and worried, so he had to explain that he's alright, and not sick or in a bad place. It sounds like the DJ learnt a lesson when he tried to help someone.
DJ Fresh got showered with love after admitting to fans that he's been going through a hard time.
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