Phat Joe has been suspended again. Once again for allegedly constantly missing to report for duty.an of suspensions and controversial radio 2000’s
But Phat Joe was back on the radio this morning!
According to Daily Sun, SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo confirmed that the DJ, real name Majota Khambule has been taken off the air.
Said Seapolelo: “The SABC can confirm that Mr. Majota Kambule (sic) is currently on special leave, details of which we’re unable to comment on out of respect for the contractual relationship between the two parties.”
Phat Joe co-hosts the breakfast show Phat Joe and The Family on Radio 2000, alongside Nonala Tose.
According to reports Phat Joe has been silent on the airwaves for three weeks, as he hasn’t been reporting for work.
But his silence on the airwaves has been deafening for the past three weeks, as he hasn’t been reporting for duty.
The paper reports that according to SABC insiders, the loudmouthed DJ was suspended following a string of bunking work, including after the December holiday break.
The paper reports that he was given a few days to rest during the festive season, but instead of returning in January on the agreed date, he stayed away from work.
“This angered station manager, Chris Choane, because he’s been protecting him since he brought him to the station in April last year. Chris put his career and reputation on the line for him.
“When he recruited Phat Joe to replace popular Just Ice, people within the SABC and listeners revolted.
“But Chris went ahead because he felt the breakfast show needed some change since Just Ice has been doing it for 12 years. Now, Chris is embarrassed as some of his detractors remind him they told him so.
Another mole, according to the paper said Phat Joe is not worried because he knows listeners love him.
“If he had an ounce of worry, he would have been at work when he was required to do so. “He knows he’ll be back at work in no time. “Hence he’s not bothered by his suspension.”
Apparently, as the contract renewal season for radio hosts looms, insiders claim Choane was not going to bother himself with Phat Joe.
“The SABC is gearing up for a shake-up of SABC radio hosts’ contracts and no one knows who will survive and who won’t,” the paper’s source said.
Last year, the SABC also confirmed that Phat Joe was “unscheduled until further notice”, in the wake of backlash over his comments about the LGBTIQ+ community in July.
Phat Joe weighed in on a debate around comments made by Zodwa Wabantu about gay people on her reality show Zodwa Wabantu Uncensored and asked listeners to share their thoughts on the topic.
During the show, Zodwa made comments about gay people being too dramatic and “forgetting that they don’t have vaginas”.
Joe added his own view on the debate and allegedly asked why gay men would not accept how hard it is “for most people to accept their lifestyle”.
With Durban’s East Coast Radio in just one year with the station, Phat Joe had 77 complaints lodged against him with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA.
East Coast Radio then announced that there was a mutual agreement to part ways as Phat Joe pursues other ventures – clearly, the “ventures” were Radio 2000.
Radio 2000’s official Twitter page posted a picture of Phat Joe in the studio on Tuesday morning.