HLAUDI FREEZES PEARL OUT

Sunday World - - Front Page - NG­WAKO MALATJI Thusi de­clined to com­ment.

SEXY TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Pearl Thusi has al­legedly been fired by SABC ’ s Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng for show­ing him a zap sign.

The SABC boss al­legedly in­structed Metro FM man­age­ment to or­der Thusi not to set foot in the sta­tion ’ s stu­dios.

Thusi was sup­posed to co-host the sta­tion ’ s pop­u­lar The Real Phat Joe show with mo­tor­mouth DJ Phat Joe yes­ter­day. But Phat Joe pre­sented the show alone.

The or­der also stretched to Thusi be­ing banned from her show The

Blackout, air­ing on the big­gest com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion in South Africa on Sun­days.

The model is also on the verge of los­ing her job on Isidingo.

That ’ s be­cause Mot­soe­neng is said to be plan­ning her re­moval from the SABC3 soapie.

Two SABC em­ploy­ees said Thusi ’ s dis­missal came af­ter her res­ig­na­tion from SABC1’s Live AMP mu­sic show to sign up as a pre­sen­ter on an in­ter­na­tional show to be aired on SABC ’ s ri­val chan­nels MTV, MTV Base and e.tv.

The model did this with­out seek­ing per­mis­sion from the pub­lic broad­caster. On her new ven­ture Lip Sync

Bat­tle Africa, Thusi will be billed along­side Nige­rian su­per­star D’banj.

Ac­cord­ing to the em­ploy­ees, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, Mot­soe­neng held a se­ries of meet­ings with Thusi.

Therein, he begged her not to leave the flag­ship TV mu­sic show.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago con­firmed the meet­ings, but dis­missed al­le­ga­tions that the SABC boss begged her not to jump ship.

“There was no beg­ging, but it’s true that there was an en­gage­ment be­tween Mr Mot­soe­neng and Thusi, ” said Kganyago.

“It is nor­mal when SABC tal­ent wants to leave for ri­val me­dia houses, but we can’t di­vulge the con­tents of their dis­cus­sions.”

One of the em­ploy­ees said Hlaudi ad­vised her not to leave the show be­cause Lip Sync was only go­ing to run for at least three months.

Ac­cord­ing to the em­ployee, Mot­soe­neng told Thusi new rules pro­hib­ited SABC tal­ent from work­ing for ri­val me­dia houses with­out first ob­tain­ing per­mis­sion, and that she would be in breach of her con­tract if she joined the e.tv show.

The se­cond em­ployee al­leged Thusi then re­signed from the show.

“On Satur­day, the sta­tion man­age­ment told her not to come to work af­ter Hlaudi in­structed them to tell her so,” said the se­cond em­ployee. “She’s mak­ing the same mis­take Bo­nang made. She should have learnt from Bo­nang’s.”

He said Thusi knew she would be fired from all her other shows at the SABC when she re­signed from Live

AMP.

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