Fans fume after Ukhozi FM suspended Khathide ‘Tshatha’ Ngobe

Fans fume after Ukhozi FM suspended Khathide ‘Tshatha’ Ngobe

Disgruntled Ukhozi FM listeners have unleashed a wave of online campaigns calling social media users to sign a petition which will force the management of Africa’s favorite station to reconsider its decision to suspend Khathide Ngobe on charges of defaming the station and for his continuous errant behaviour. The award-winning and much-revered radio personality was in January began air over allegations that he had put the IsiZulu SABC-owned station into disrepute supported a press release he made on social media. Tshatha, because the presenter is affectionately known, shared a Facebook post during which he lashed out at the general public broadcaster for being “anti-maskandi music”. In the post, he lamented that within the 2005 SABC Song of the Year competition, maskandi duo Shwi Nomtekhala had received the foremost votes for his or her hit Ngafa but were cheated of the gong when SABC management gave an instruction to announce Malaika’s song Destiny because the overall winner. Now his followers and anxious Ukhozi FM listeners told Sunday World in the week that SABC management was reckless which Ngobe was a victim of an ongoing squabbling between different groupings at the KwaZulu-Natal-based station. The lobby group, under the banner “Bring back Tshatha”, wants the charismatic DJ to be replace on air with immediate effect. “Tshatha may be a long-serving presenter and therefore the heart of Ukhozi FM, and he does his work so diligently. His only sin was to fight for traditional music, especially the maskandi genre, to urge an equivalent recognition as other genres. we’ve submitted our petition containing 117 000 signatures to the SABC management,” said campaign leader Senzo “Touchline” Mnyandu. Mnyandu said that ought to they find no joy within the response by the SABC administration, they might engage during a rolling mass-action principle destined for the SABC’s provincial headquarters to force management to cede to their demands. SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said the choice to unschedule Tshatha was valid. “The SABC can confirm that Mr. Tshatha Ngobe remains unscheduled on uKhozi FM until the top of March 2021. “The SABC respects the views of all its audiences and stakeholders and would really like to be given the chance to affect internal matters consistent with its HR policies and processes.” -SW

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