DJ Fresh was given the boot by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC – Metro FM)!his day of the 9th of July (Thursday) marks exactly a year since legendary
Adding spice to it, DJ Fresh tagged Metro FM on Twitter saying “happy anniversary,” and he was so clear about it by attached the press release (dated 9 July 2019) when the SABC announced that it has terminated his employment contract with immediate effect.
Fans expressed that they wish DJ Fresh apologized due to the fact that he was “killing” it and Metro FM is no longer the same without the FRESH touch.
“Be bullied into accepting 3 different punishments for the same thing?? #ANEVA!” responded DJ Fresh.
The SABC said that the termination follows unsuccessful engagements between SABC Radio Management and DJ Fresh, real ane Thato Sikwane, subsequent to his usage of offensive language on-air, resulting in the SABC being found guilty and sanctioned by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for contravention of clause 6 of the BCCSA’s Code of Conduct.
In addition, the broadcaster said that DJ Fresh’s conduct brought the SABC into disrepute.
“Mr. Sikwane was afforded an opportunity to remedy his contractual breaches, which he failed and/or refused to do. This conduct resulted in the irretrievable breakdown of the trust relations between the SABC and himself,” reads parts of the statement issued by the SABC on this day in 2019.
In a letter dated 28 June 2019, DJ Fresh’s lawyers further stated: “it is our client’s instruction that he must either return to work immediately, alternatively, that upon his commencement on the 15th of July 2019, it must be emphatically understood that no apology will be tendered”. This is contrary to Mr. Sikwane’s statement released on 08 July 2019.
Ms. Nada Wotshela, Group Executive: Radio stated “the SABC continues to be committed to ensuring sound governance and internal controls irrespective of an employee’s or freelancer’s position. The SABC will communicate in due course who will take over METRO FM’s breakfast show, and we are grateful to the team who have held the fort during this period.”
“The SABC remains committed to enhancing the growth of its on-air personalities brands across all its platforms. This will be done in line with the SABC’s policies and procedures and it must be understood that when an Independent Contractor breaches a contract of engagement, the SABC will invoke the provisions of the same contract in line with consequence management,” concluded the SABC.