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TAL­ENTED Metro FM sports pre­sen­ter Robert Marawa parted ways with the SABC yes­ter­day.

This fol­lows a two-week stand-off be­tween the public broad­caster and the pre­sen­ter over dis­agree­ments about the sus­pen­sion of Marawa’s trusted pro­ducer, Beverley Maphangwa.

Ac­cord­ing to the SABC state­ment, man­age­ment had ac­cepted his de­ci­sion to re­pu­di­ate his con­tract, which he signed with SABC Sport on June 6.

SABC spokesper­son Kaizer Kganyago said: “He had not been com­ing to do his daily show for over two weeks now. Long and short of the story was that we had a con­tract with him to do the show, and we pay him for that.”

Ac­cord­ing to Kganyago, Marawa was on a free­lance con­tract. Kganyago con­firmed that Marawa had ex­pressed his rea­sons for not com­ing to work af­ter Maphangwa was sus­pended. “We told him that your con­tract and that of your pro­ducer are not one thing… We do not hire peo­ple as a group,” he said.

Marawa tweeted that Maphangwa had been sus­pended for “non-com­pli­ance/con­tra­ven­tion of con­tract”.

Both Marawa and Maphangwa were in hot wa­ter at the SABC for play­ing an au­dio from the broad­caster’s prime com­peti­tor, Su­perS­port.

Ad­dress­ing so­cial me­dia claims made by Marawa, Kganyago said Marawa had told man­age­ment he would not come to work un­til cer­tain things were set­tled.

“We feel that he has not hon­oured his con­tract. The rea­son why we are do­ing this now is purely be­cause he ba­si­cally told us and you guys in the me­dia that he won’t come to work,” Kganyago said.

The SABC has not yet an­nounced a re­place­ment for Marawa. Sully Motsweni, group ex­ec­u­tive: sport, thanked Marawa for his con­tri­bu­tion to sport and the SABC. “It was hard for us to ac­cept but we con­cede to his de­ci­sion,” she said.

Fans re­acted with shock to news that the pop­u­lar an­chor of the Sports with Marawa show had left Metro FM.

MEC of Ed­u­ca­tion Panyaza Le­sufi tweeted: “Robert, you re­main one of the best in the in­dus­try, my only wish is that you must not be lost within the broad­cast­ing world. U r in­deed good.”

Kgo­motso Moeketsi tweeted: “@robert­marawa Are you leav­ing? Why is @Le­sufi say­ing you are leav­ing Metro?”

In response, Marawa said: “I believe so… I had to hear via SABC per­son­nel who re­ceived no­tice via in­ter­nal mail… go fig­ure.”

The Star made sev­eral at­tempts to get hold of Marawa but he was un­avail­able to com­ment at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.


OFF AIR: Robert Marawa quits over pro­ducer’s sus­pen­sion.

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