083Sports fans have been up in arms since their favourite sports presenter, Robert Marawa, decided to take a sabbatical as a show of solidarity with his show's producer who is currently on suspension for an alleged contravention of her contract.
According to Sunday World, Beverly Maphangwa (the show's producer) was allegedly suspended by the SABC for playing SuperSport content during Marawa's sports show despite instructions from management advising her not to do so.
To ensure that Marawa's show continues without a glitch, SABC management hired a stand in producer for Marawa while Maphangwa was on suspension but Marawa refused to work with the new producer as he maintains that Maphangwa did nothing wrong.
The paper also reported that Marawa might be facing the axe as his bosses are "not happy with his conduct."
But considering how fans are reacting, this might not be the best move.
Funny enough @robertmarawa is the guy who built the status of SABC SPORT and to see him being treated like this, it's absolutely shocking— Sports movement (@sports_mvt) June 20, 2017
please play songs on @robertmarawa show until sabc decide whether he comes back,otherwise the show is boring,and enjoy our tax.— Xolani (@iamxpma3) June 20, 2017
Now, Robert Marawa commands most of the +-4mill listeners. It would be idiotic to let him go. But then again that's MetroFM.— obed mazwi (@mazwi_obed) June 20, 2017
Sports lovers are fully behind @Bevstar7 & Rob— Fred Mooketsi (@FredMooo) June 20, 2017
It is clear that the station likes to prove that no media personality is bigger than the station, as they did when they fired Bonang Matheba and replaced her with Dineo Ranaka in a matter of hours but Rob has created a niche that no one has the gravitas to fill.
Maybe it's time Tbo Touch dusted off that contract he had ready for him back when he opened Touch HD...
Time?? Place?? Menu??— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) March 22, 2017
Will pay for my own meal though.
MetroFM boss after he/she sees this pic.. pic.twitter.com/JktpkVNYSt— IG: @Stress_DJ97 (@Stress_DJ97) June 16, 2017
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