After being locked in a dispute for three weeks over DJ Fresh’s “foul language” on air that resulted in him being yanked off air, the SABC has released a statement confirming that his contract has been “terminated”.
The SABC released a statement on Tuesday explaining that they’ve decided to let the DJ go following “unsuccessful engagements” and DJ Fresh’s conduct bringing the broadcaster into “disrepute”.
This after a complaint was lodged with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) alleging that Fresh used an adaption of the Zulu swear word “msunery” in response to a listener on air.
“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,” reads the parts of the statement.
DJ Fresh appeared on a breakfast show on Newsroom Afrika as a guest on Tuesday morning.
Even though there isn’t anything solid on whether the DJ will find a new home on the relatively new channel, one of the founders of the channel Thabile Ngwato offered him a slot on Twitter.
In a statement issued on Monday DJ Fresh said he offered to apologise two weeks ago, but also did not know when he would return.