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SABC Clarifies: Thuso Motaung Not Dismissed, Returns to Lesedi FM in Two Weeks

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Thuso Motaung

Thuso Motaung

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has refuted claims that Lesedi FM’s stalwart presenter Thuso Motaung and his wife, Mamontha, have been fired.

An article from City Press on Wednesday had sparked controversy by suggesting that Motaung was dismissed effective immediately from the SABC’s popular Sesotho language radio station. The report also implicated his wife in the alleged dismissal.

SABC promptly responded with a public statement to quash the inaccuracies and provide clarity on the matter. The statement expressly denied the dismissal claims, stating, “The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has noted with concern the incorrect reports in the media, which claim that veteran broadcaster Mr Thuso Motaung has been dismissed from Lesedi FM. The reports further claim that Mrs Mamontha Motaung is suspended or dismissed from the SABC.”

The broadcaster expressed dismay at the “irresponsible and sensational reporting by various media publications” and aimed to clear the confusion surrounding the employment status of the Motaung couple. Addressing the specifics, the statement clarified, “Mr Thuso Motaung has been temporarily unscheduled for operational reasons and will be back on his programme after two weeks. Mrs Mamontha Motaung is also not dismissed nor is she suspended as it has been falsely reported.”

The SABC emphasised the temporary nature of Thuso Motaung’s leave from the airwaves, thus anticipating his return to his hosting duties. As for Mrs. Mamontha Motaung, she remains a firm part of the SABC family, her professional standing unblemished by the false reports.

Concluding its statement, the public broadcaster highlighted its commitment to transparency on corporate issues but drew a firm line regarding the privacy of employer-employee relations, stating, “The SABC would like to reiterate that whilst the Corporation is accountable to the public on various corporate issues, it is imperative to note that it will not discuss any matters pertaining to the employer-employee relationship in the media and public space.”

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Thuso Motaung Lesedi FM

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