Thando Thabethe has spilled the tea on 5Fm saying that she was the last to find out that her very own show (Thabooty Drive) no longer existed!adio and television personality
Thando Thabethe on Tuesday started a thread why she left SABC’s 5FM.
“Context first: 5FM had “acting programme & station manager for a couple of months, they finally appointed JD Mostert and Siyanda Fikelephi as Station & Programme Manager respectively.
“On Friday 28 Feb I had a meeting with the PM who let me know that the show was renewed, as per our annual negotiations. I then tried to negotiate a raise of R200 an hour. At this point he had agreed for me to take 2 weeks leave to shoot housekeepers,” wrote Thando Thabethe.
Thando Thabethe said that the following Monday she heard that the Thabooty Drive will be no longer as it doesn’t fit into the 2/5 year plan of the SABC.
“Fast forward the following Monday I hear that the Thabooty Drive will be no longer as it doesn’t fit into the 2/5 year plan of the SABC. This info I hear from colleagues or people on my show. At this point, I hear that the replacement of the show had already been notified and so had my current teammates. Note: I was the last to find out that my very own show no longer existed!
“Fast forward PM finally sits me down on the following Tuesday to tell me that the show doesn’t exist…plot twist…I then hear that the powers that be were told that I DEMANDED a 20% increase and 6 weeks leave.
“I to this day am not privy of why the show was given and days later taken from me, without notice. I believe I am not the first neither will I be the last to experience this by the SABC.
“I was offered…wait for it…SUNDAYS 4-7am. I have ploughed many hours into the work that I do and found this an insult after 11 years on radio. I then proceeded to resign. The current line up at 5FM is not a representation of the diverse country that we live in,” expressed Thando Thabethe.
She said it was also very easy to dub her as “demanding” to the powers that be in the hope that the truth doesn’t come out.
“The truth eventually did come out, I was then offered my original slot back, which I declined, in the fear of being victimized by the very same people who wanted me gone to begin with.
“Because I have been in this industry for a while and understand 100% that shows are shuffled and changed annually. My gripe is the lies told to me and about me for personal gains. I hope this never happens to anyone else. I know of many stories where artists are mistreated…” wrote Thando Thabethe.
In her conclusion, she wrote that she hopes that others will be able to speak up when unfairly labeled and treated.