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Sunday World - - Front Page - MOSA MOKHEMA

MUL­TICHOICE chief ex­ec­u­tive Im­tiaz Pa­tel has bro­ken his si­lence as the beef” be­tween top soc­cer pre­sen­ter Robert Marawa and Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane continues.

Pa­tel did not mince his words this week, say­ing the com­pany would not tol­er­ate per­sonal grudges get­ting in the way of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Mul­tiChoice owns Su­perS­port, where Marawa is em­ployed to present sev­eral soc­cer shows.

On the other hand, Sun­day World has been ex­clu­sively told of how SABC se­nior man­agers and some ex­ec­u­tives have been di­vided down the mid­dle about whether to fire Marawa from Metro FM.

A se­nior SABC man­ager said the ra­dio sta­tion had rec­om­mended that ad­verse dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, in­clud­ing but not limited to the ter­mi­na­tion of his con­tract”, be taken against Marawa af­ter he pub­licly ac­cused Metro of sab­o­tag­ing his out­side broad­cast in March.

These de­vel­op­ments come af­ter Sun­day World re­ported last week how Marawa had been put un­der pres­sure by the pub­lic to in­ter­view Pre­mier­ship-win­ning coach Mosi­mane on all his shows on ra­dio and TV.

De­spite the pub­lic outcry, Marawa has not yet in­ter­viewed Mosi­mane and Sun­day World has been told that some PSL spon­sors have com­plained to the league about the snub.

Mosi­mane was in­ter­viewed on Metro FM’s break­fast show, pre­sented by Glen Lewis and Unathi Msen­gana, this week, while Marawa had Sun­downs as­sis­tant coach, Man­qoba Mngqithi, as his guest on Su­per Sport’s PSL Ex­tra Time show.

The beef started when Mosi­mane was ap­pointed to coach Bafana Bafana in July 2010.

When he took the reins, Marawa s sis­ter, Gugu, re­signed as Bafana team man­ager, cit­ing the coach as a rea­son for her de­par­ture.

Mosi­mane soon fired back crit­i­cis­ing Marawa show’s at a Bafana Bafana press con­fer­ence.

Marawa then seem­ingly black- listed Mosi­mane from all his shows.

But now, given Mosi­mane’s ground­break­ing feat of be­com­ing the first black South African coach to win the league since the PSL’s in­cep­tion in 1996, the tide has turned.

Pa­tel said: I was not made aware of any per­sonal grudges be­tween Marawa and Mosi­mane.

Our or­gan­i­sa­tion is pro­fes­sional and does not tol­er­ate any per­sonal grudges of any sort.

We don’t let any of that stuff get in the way of pro­duc­tiv­ity. That is not how we do things.” Marawa said he felt he was tar­geted” and would not dis­cuss the saga with Sun­day World.

It doesn’t re­ally make a dif­fer­ence what I say be­cause you guys are fab­ri­cat­ing your own sto­ries. Why should I be both­ered?” he said.

Asked why he had not in­ter­viewed Mosi­mane yet, he said:

I don’t do the in­vi­ta­tions or re­ply to them; I don’t have the rea­sons as it’s not part of my job.”

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago con­firmed that Marawa’s dis­ci­plinary process for call­ing Metro FM Sab­o­tage FM” was on­go­ing, but de­fended him for hav­ing not in­ter­viewed Mosi­mane.

We have many shows and I can’t give a spe­cific an­swer as to why Pitso has not been in stu­dio with Rob in a spe­cific show.

The fact of the mat­ter is that Pitso has been in­ter­viewed many times through­out all our me­dia plat­forms. I don’t see why we should sin­gle out one guy like Rob who does one show, on the ba­sis that he hasn’t done the same.

I don’t know any­thing about any rec­om­men­da­tions from any ex­ec­u­tives for Marawa to be fired, but I do know that there are in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der way re­gard­ing Marawa hav­ing made un­pleas­ant state­ments about the ra­dio sta­tion,” Kganyago said.

Sun­downs spokesman Thu­lani Thuswa said last week that he had not re­ceived any in­vi­ta­tion from Su­perS­port to in­ter­view Mosi­mane.

Thuswa said yes­ter­day that they had even­tu­ally re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion. It had been sent to the PSL ini­tially, he said, which was un­usual.

Un­for­tu­nately, Mosi­mane could not at­tend the show be­cause he had to go to a PSL DC [dis­ci­plinary] on Mon­day, he said.

mokhe­mam@times­me­ - Additional reporting by staff re­porters

FEEL­ING TAR­GETED: Pre­sen­ter Robert Marawa Pic­ture Back­page Pix

IN­TER­VIEW SNUB: Coach Pitso Mosi­mane Pic­ture Back­page Pix

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