At the time of writing, it has been exactly three weeks and six days after DJ Fresh was suspended for using foul language on air and to say that the country has felt the Big Dawg's absence would be an understatement. Fans have taken to social media to demand answers from the national broadcaster and after nearly a month of silence, the SABC finally took decisive action against the 46-year old radio veteran when they gave him the axe.
A statement confirming the news was released on Tuesday morning confirmed that DJ Fresh's contract at Metro FM had been terminated and cited a number of "unsuccessful" attempts to resolve the matter as the reason behind their decision. Part of the statement reads:
"The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to announce that it has terminated the contract of Mr. Thato Sikwane also known as DJ Fresh, with immediate effect. The termination follows unsuccessful engagements between SABC Radio Management and Mr. 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, his conduct brought the SABC into disrepute,"
DJ Fresh was suspended from all Metro FM duties after he allegedly swore at listeners on air on the 23rd of May. First he described the opinion of one caller as "msunery" (an adaptation of a Zulu swear word, "ms**u) and then he accused another called of talking out of their a**. After a listener complained to the BCCSA, DJ Fresh was suspended indefinitely. It looks as if the saga has reached its conclusion and fans of the DJ are less-than-pleased.
On Sunday morning, Sunday World reported that DJ Fresh had failed to show any remorse for his actions with insiders at the SABC suggesting that he was refusing to apologise. Thato poured cold water over these rumours with a brief response on social media:
Although DJ Fresh has yet to respond to news of his dismissal, we don't think he will be unemployed for long. On Tuesday morning (hours before SABC fired him), the DJ 'auditioned' on Newzroom Afrika's breakfast news show, Breaking Dawn.
As for the future of Metro FM's breakfast show, we're not sure if Relebogile and Mo Flava, who had been standing in, will be the show's permanent hosts going forward. We do suspect they may need a new name after dubbing it The Fresh Breakfast for the past two years.
Farewell Thato and thank you for the morning laughs! We can't wait to see where you land next!
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