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