Mak­wetla switches off the mic

SAfm host ‘jumped ship be­fore dis­missal’

Sowetan - - News - By Kgothatso Madisa

Ra­dio host Tsepiso Mak­wetla has re­signed from SAfm. Mak­wetla hosted First Take SA, the early morn­ing show on the ra­dio sta­tion be­tween 5am and 6am.

“As of Novem­ber 30 2018, I will no longer be pre­sent­ing First Take SA by virtue of my res­ig­na­tion from the pro­gramme,” Mak­wetla told Sowe­tan yes­ter­day.

The SABC also con­firmed Mak­wetla’s de­par­ture from SAfm.

“She has asked to be re­leased from SAfm cur­rent af­fairs [pro­gramme] but she is still en­gaged with SABC TV News,” said the pub­lic broad­caster’s spokesper­son Neo Mo­modu.

It was al­leged that Mak­wetla, who has been with SAfm for over 10 years, was on the verge of be­ing fired and there­fore opted to jump ship. Ac­cord­ing to sources, Mak­wetla had been late for her 5am show for the “umpteenth time” and her bosses could not take it any more.

When asked about this, both Mak­wetla and the SABC said they were pro­hib­ited by a clause in their con­tract to dis­cuss fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. “The SABC will, how­ever, not dis­cuss the mer­its and rea­sons lead­ing to her part­ing of ways with SAfm in light of the con­fi­den­tial­ity of the con­tract en­tered into by both par­ties,” Mo­modu said. Mak­wetla also said she could not dis­cuss her de­par­ture with the me­dia.

“… I must add that given that I am still work­ing for the SABC on chan­nel 404, there is vir­tu­ally very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion I can give you.

“I am con­trac­tu­ally bound to not dis­cuss my em­ploy­ment con­di­tions,” said Mak­wetla. Peo­ple close to the process al­leged that Mak­wetla’s res­ig­na­tion came from grow­ing frus­tra­tions with one of her bosses.

It is al­leged that Mak­wetla was moved from her af­ter­noon slot to the morn­ing show with­out her ap­proval, some­thing that she’s been hav­ing is­sues with.

This, ac­cord­ing to sources, was a well-cal­cu­lated move al­legedly by her bosses to try and “push” her out. Mak­wetla said she did not want to get into the de­tails of her res­ig­na­tion as she was still in the em­ploy of the SABC but said she left the sta­tion for her “well­be­ing”.

“I have not com­pletely sev­ered my ties with all of SAfm. I have de­cided to take this de­ci­sion to re­sign for my per­sonal well­be­ing.

“I am afraid, be­cause of my con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion, that is as far as I can go.”

She said SAfm re­mained her home as the sta­tion had given her an op­por­tu­nity to grow as a per­son and as a jour­nal­ist.

“I have been at SAfm for quite a while and I have had many op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth and self-dis­cov­ery, op­por­tu­ni­ties that have al­lowed me to find my­self as a jour­nal­ist,” she said.

Tsepiso Mak­wetla will no longer present First Take SA on SAfm.

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