Marawa to face the mu­sic

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The SABC is gear­ing up to “deal” with Metro FM sports pre­sen­ter Robert Marawa for boy­cotting his show in sol­i­dar­ity with his sus­pended pro­ducer.

On Thurs­day, Marawa took to so­cial me­dia to vent his frus­tra­tions with the pub­lic broad­caster for sum­mar­ily sus­pend­ing Bev­er­ley Maphangwa for play­ing Sizwe Mabena’s au­dio in re­sponse to views ex­pressed by Baba Nthethwa.

On Fri­day, SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago told City Press that they’d noted the com­ments Marawa made on so­cial me­dia.

“We’ll deal with those com­ments next week,” he said.

Marawa’s pro­ducer, Maphangwa, was sus­pended for non-com­pli­ance and con­tra­ven­tion of con­tract.

Marawa tweeted: “I told man­age­ment that I will re­move my­self from the show be­cause I am the one that ac­tu­ally caused crime. So I’ll not be on tonight.”

As if this was not enough, City Press learnt on Wed­nes­day that while Metro FM threw a lav­ish party at Sand­ton’s Taboo night­club to cel­e­brate its new line-up of DJs and shows, some of Metro FM Mu­sic Awards win­ners and per­form­ers had not yet been paid.

Some ir­ri­tated guests won­dered who footed the bill for the sta­tion, amid weekly re­ports of al­leged bank­ruptcy in the SABC. Guests were served lunch, din­ner and drinks un­til 10pm and then a cash bar kicked in un­til af­ter mid­night, with other guests moan­ing that “iSABC ay­isafani” – SABC is no longer the same.

City Press spoke to one per­former and two win­ners who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity out of fear they may be vic­timised by the broad­caster. They claimed they were sur­prised to hear that Metro FM had “a mas­sive party”, while they had not yet been paid. “I sub­mit­ted all the re­quired doc­u­ments be­fore the Metro FM Mu­sic Awards. I am not sure why I haven’t been paid to this day be­cause we were among the first group to sub­mit,” the per­former said. One win­ner told City Press that they hadn’t been paid a cent for the awards they scooped, which is R100 000 per award. “I mean re­ally? Three months later, who wouldn’t have sub­mit­ted the re­quired doc­u­ments in time be­cause we all want this money,” the win­ner asked. Kganyago in­sisted that the SABC had paid Metro FM win­ners and per­form­ers. When told about those who com­plained to City Press, he said: “We have paid the win­ners at Metro FM for the awards, and we do not have a cri­sis as far as I am con­cerned. Those that have queries, I do not know what they are all about.” He also sought to explain the Metro FM bash dif­fer­ently say­ing: “It was not a party at all. We do this an­nu­ally for our clients at Metro FM, to see our new mem­bers of the fam­ily.” “What we did was for our clients [ad­ver­tis­ers] to in­tro­duce them to our new mem­bers or pre­sen­ters,” he said, adding that it was a trade ex­change with Taboo and the me­dia was invited as part­ners, not to cover the event, but to cel­e­brate with the sta­tion. “We just wanted to cel­e­brate with our clients. This is the rea­son we called a few peo­ple to cel­e­brate with us. “We did not even take out our money there, and it was just a way to in­tro­duce our new shows so that clients also have a chance to pick features that they like,” he added.

PHOTO: PHUTI MATHOBELA

COOL VI­BRA­TIONS DJ Fresh is also one of Metro FM’s new DJs who was of­fi­cially in­tro­duced to the guests at Taboo night­club in Sand­ton

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