- Samkelo Maseko is not ready to forgive Kanthan Pillay for what he said about him
- Maseko had resigned from his position and Pillay allegedly referred to him as a "rat"
- According to Maseko, he had been subjected to racial slurs from Pillay
Samkelo Maseko, a senior political journalist who resigned from eNCA, has said that he cannot forgive Kanthan Pillay for what he said about him in a post on social media.
“You can’t forgive someone who undermines you racially until that person is remorseful enough to approach you personally. Until then unfortunately I can’t,” he said.
Briefly.co.za learned that Pillay came under fire after he allegedly compared Maseko to a "rat" who was fleeing a sinking ship in an apparent reference to the SABC.
“This time around this comes to an end - as Steven Bantu Biko once said, it’s time for the black men to do everything for themselves. The time is now for us to take the baton and fight racism in the legacy of Biko.”
Maseko alleged that he had been subjected to racial slurs from Pillay according to iol.co.za.
“It’s about the eNCA staff standing up and defending journalism, independence and ethics. It’s about their future, them working in a free environment and able to express themselves, reporting fairly and getting all sides of the story for the viewers at home.”
Moseko went further and accused Pillay of being a politician pretending to be a journalist.
“Directing political discourse and defending certain politicians.”
Pillay had once been at the helm of the Capitalist Party of South Africa which performed dismally in the last general elections and did not win a single seat.
Briefly.co.za recently covered the response from The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) over Pillay's dismissal from eNCA. Pillay was dismissed over allegations of censorship over his decision to suspend a journalist. Khayelihle Khumalo was suspended for reporting on the EFF conference after the eNCA had pulled out from covering the event.
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