Life af­ter Ukhozi FM

Mr Magic talks about be­ing hurt af­ter his sack­ing and how things are shap­ing up

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Bonolo Sekudu

FORMER Ukhozi FM break­fast show host, Linda Sibiya, who is af­fec­tion­ately known to lis­ten­ers as Mr Magic, has no hard feel­ings and has moved on af­ter his painful sack­ing from his show. He says he is also not miss­ing be­ing in the lime­light.

SHOWN THE DOOR

In 2014, af­ter more than 15 years on Ukhozi FM, hold­ing down shows that brought in pleas­ing rev­enue for the sta­tion, es­pe­cially the break­fast show called Vuka Mzansi, he was marred by a fraud and cor­rup­tion scan­dal that saw him be­ing shown the door by the SABC.

“I was called in by man­age­ment and told to pack my things and not come back the next day,” Linda says. This was af­ter he was is ac­cused of swin­dling re­tail gi­ant Ed­con of about R1.8mil­lion. The money was meant for a gala din­ner Linda was meant to or­gan­ise in KwaZulu-Natal to hon­our Ukhozi FM em­ploy­ees.

He says now, he is able to talk openly about what hap­pened be­cause he is in a good space.

“I am not go­ing to lie, it was painful but an eye­opener,” Linda says. He main­tains that he was wrong­fully booted out.

“The SABC made a mis­take but life goes on,” he adds.

It is the love from people that kept him go­ing through the tough time. “The love has al­ways been amaz­ing. People tell me I touched their hearts and that just makes me so happy and over­whelmed,” he says.

LIFE GOES ON

He is known to be a sought-af­ter mo­ti­va­tional speaker who has toured far and wide. He con­tin­ues to en­cour­age and in­spire people to live pur­pose­fully.

Grow­ing up in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, with his 10 sib­lings, he says he un­der­stands what poverty is. He was able to make some­thing out of his life and he wasn’t about to let it all go.

Be­ing on Ukhozi FM as a host came with its bur­dens, one of them be­ing fame.

“Shuuu! If any­thing, I don’t miss be­ing on the front pages of tabloids,” he says with a laugh.

Linda’s per­sonal life was al­ways un­der the spot­light, es­pe­cially when it came to women. One of the sto­ries that was pub­lished about him was that he had moved out of his mat­ri­mo­nial home to live with his fi­ancée – a claim he would not con­firm nor deny.

LOVE AND FAMILY

When Linda talks about his role as a fa­ther of eight chil­dren, he says it with such pride. His fa­ther had four wives and more than 30 chil­dren. When Move! asks if he is likely to fol­low in his fa­ther’s foot­steps, he laughs it off.

“All I can say is that I be­lieve in the cul­tural prac­tice and in how I was raised,” he says. With ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened in his life, es­pe­cially with the defin­ing pe­riod of his sack­ing, he says, “I al­ways tell my sons that they must never ever trust any­one.”

LINDA IN BUSI­NESS

Since be­ing off the lime­light, there were ru­mours that Linda was go­ing through some fi­nan­cial trou­bles but a re­cent post on In­sta­gram sug­gested other­wise. Linda posted a pic­ture of him­self next to a lux­ury Maserati that some­what shut out the idea of him hav­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

“I just saw some­thing that I re­ally liked and I bought it,” he says, re­fer­ring to the Maserati.

He is build­ing busi­ness con­nec­tions across Africa un­der the Magic Me­dia com­pany. You can ex­pect to read all about his life in an up­com­ing book he is writ­ing and also on his online ra­dio sta­tion to be launched soon.

Al­though his sack­ing from Ukhozi FM af­fected him, Linda Sibiya is on the rise again

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