Marawa, Pitso beef stews
Multi Choice CEO is not amused by fight
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.
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