It became apparent that Thato Sikwane, otherwise known popularly as DJ Fresh, was suspended by the SABC when his trending breakfast show on Metro FM, the ‘Fresh Breakfast‘, went on without the Big Dawg.
As reported by Times Live, scores of avid listeners took to social media to share their disgruntlement with the public broadcaster for removing an integral part of their morning routine.
Metro FM have no idea how much impact does waking up to a radio powerhouse every morning has in our lives, that's why they're disrespecting us. They keep shuffling and reshuffling the breakfast team for what? What a pain in our ears. #BringBackDJFresh
— Thembi (@Themb1) June 18, 2019
However, according to the SABC, their hands were tied in reacting to a complaint that was received about the popular radio host’s language use on air.
Why has DJ Fresh been suspended by the SABC?
Daniel Mokwa was the listener that reported the radio host to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for allegedly using “msunery”, a colloquial variant of the Zulu inflammatory word, “msu**u”, which, translated in English, means “assh*e”.
Mokwa also accused Fresh of being unprofessional in his dialogue with a caller.
Much of the context around the conversation was not featured in Mokwa’s complaint, which was dated 20 May, but it is alleged that the radio host told the caller to “stop tweeting from his ar*e”.
What is likely to happen to DJ Fresh now?
After an apology from the public broadcaster, which admitted that “the incident could have been avoided”, all seemed to be forgiven and forgotten.
However, according to SABC’s spokesperson, Vuyo Mthembu, the popular radio host and DJ has been “unscheduled until further notice”.
According to the guidelines specified by the BCCSA, the complaint has to be adjudicated upon. This is if the complainant (Mokwa) and the respondent (SABC) do not reach consensus.
It is the duty of the BCCSA’s chairperson to hold a tribunal on the matter where both parties can make submissions on the matter.
Once all submissions have been made, the chairperson will make a ruling on whether the complaint was justified or not.
If found guilty, the legendary radio host could lose his position at the broadcaster.