- After a massive fallout, eNCA head of news Kanthan Pillay has issued an internal apology
- This comes after Pillay referred to journalists as 'rats', inciting a torrent of backlash
- However, the apology has not been well received, with the EFF standing firm in opposition to the ordeal
eNCA head of news Kanthan Pillay has found himself at the centre of a storm that he created.
Briefly.co.za reported that citizens had opted to boycott the news agency after Pillay's handling of Samekle Maseko's resignation.
Pillay had reacted to the popular journalist leaving the agency by commenting:
"Rats swimming towards a sinking ship - #EarlyXmasGift".
Now, an internal memo addressing the situation, which has seen hundreds of followers turning their back on the company, Pillay has apologies for the offence.
Nevertheless, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has rejected it 'with contempt', commenting:
"We reject this apology with contempt! There must be consequences; a suspension or complete dismissal! #KanthanPillay is a repeated offender: he has broken many talented African reporters & radio hosts. He collapsed YFM, denigrating Kwaito culture which made YFM what it was!"
Leader Julius Malema, who had joined in the boycott on Wednesday, approved of the rejection, sharing Ndlozi's post.
Take a look at Kanthan Pillay's apology below:
"I hereby express my unreserved apology to all that were offended by my irresponsible and ill-conceived statement on Twitter, posted on Tuesday, 17 December 2019.
"I deeply regret the statement I made and retract it in its entirety. I regret further and apologise unreservedly for:
"1. The offence caused to all and specifically to Mr Maseko, the SABC and the Management of eMedia.
"2. The action I took in haste and without thinking, which now places my Employer, my Colleagues, my Family and my Friends in a most embarrassing position.
"I accept that:
"1. My actions were irresponsible and unbecoming of a Senior Manager in any newsroom.
"2. The statement I made is unacceptable and rightfully rebuked by all concerned.
"3. In the next few days, the matter will be further discussed and investigated, and whatever the outcome, will be binding on me.
"I regret having been drawn into a twitter war and I ask for your understanding with the knowledge that I deeply remorseful of my actions.
"Thank you. Kanthan Pillay."
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