Phat Joe and Pearl kicked off air

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Metro FM DJs Ma­jota “Phat Joe” Kham­bule and Pearl Thusi were pulled off air yes­ter­day af­ter lis­ten­ers com­plained that the two were al­ways bash­ing TV star Bo­nang Matheba and her boyfriend, rap­per AKA.

The two ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties, who present their pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment show be­tween 6am and 9am on Satur­days, dur­ing which they usu­ally com­ment on celebrity sto­ries that made head­lines dur­ing the week, were re­placed by col­leagues Sphec­tac­ula and DJ Naves.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago con­firmed to City Press yes­ter­day that the two were “not sched­uled” to do their show yes­ter­day, but he re­fused to di­vulge the rea­sons be­hind their ap­par­ent sus­pen­sion.

“We are still deal­ing with some un­re­solved is­sues. Once they are re­solved, the tal­ents will re­port back at work,” he said.

Three highly placed ra­dio in­dus­try in­sid­ers told City Press this week that the two were sus­pended be­cause they crit­i­cised Matheba ev­ery Satur­day.

“On their show, they are al­ways com­ment­ing on Bo­nang and AKA in­stead of fo­cus­ing on what they were hired to do,” said one of the se­nior in­sid­ers. “This has been go­ing on for a while now.”

Kham­bule de­clined to talk about why he and Thusi were taken off the air, but told City Press that on the show they com­mented on news­wor­thy sto­ries and what was al­ready in the pub­lic do­main.

Thusi’s PR team told City Press that, un­for­tu­nately, they couldn’t give more in­for­ma­tion at this point as they don’t have any.

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