- SABC has made the decision to suspend radio host Phiwe Nozewu following his reaction to EFF members getting assaulted
- Phiwe “Pastor The DJ” Nozewu laughed at EFF members being assaulted outside Brackenfell High School this week.
- Taking to Twitter, Phiwe made a tweet about the fight, calling one of the parents involved in the fight "man of the match"
The SABC has made the decision to suspend one of their radio hosts, Phiwe Nozewu from the Umhlobo Wenene FM station, after he laughed about the ongoing violence at Brackenfell High School between the EFF and parents of the school learners.
Nozewu recently took to his Twitter page to poke fun at some of the EFF members having been assaulted by angry parents outside the school earlier this week. In the tweet, he referred to one of the parents as "man of the match".
“Man of the match goes to Kobus,” he wrote, also including a picture of an EFF member who was complaining about the assault. After seeing the tweet, EFF members called on the SABC to take action against Nozewu.
To which the SABC responded by suspending the radio host and issuing the following statement:
“The SABC can confirm that Mr Phiwe Nozewu is unscheduled on Umhlobo Wenene FM by the station’s management following his public utterances on Twitter in relation to a violent incident which took place in Cape Town.
“The SABC views this matter in a serious light and has therefore unscheduled Mr Nozewu until further notice for bringing the organisation into disrepute,” the SABC said.
Phiwe has since issued an apology on his Twitter page. He has also received widespread support from his listeners, some of whom have promised to stop listening to the radio station until he is brought back.
In more Briefly.co.za news about Brackenfell High School protests, the EFF has laid charges against Brackenfell residents after a protest outside of a local high school turned violent. The Red Berets had gathered to demonstrate against alleged racism a Brackenfell High School following reports of a whites-only party for matric students.
Residents clashed with the protestors, resulting in violence that dominated the spotlight in SA this week. IOL reports that Western Cape provincial chairperson Melikhaya Xego had accompanied a group of EFF members to press charges against the residents in question:
“After our members were attended to by healthcare professionals we visited Brackenfell police station and laid charges against the people who attacked and assaulted us on Monday. We will now let the law take its course."
News24 reports that EFF member Sibongile Nkasayi has laid charges of her own after a man was captured on video beating her with a baseball bat during the unrest.
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