BCCSA probes Thuso Motaung’s dig at protesters

QwaQwa residents want jock suspended
Legendary Lesedi FM presenter Thuso Motaung is being investigated by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for allegedly insulting the community of QwaQwa in eastern Free State.
The Makgulong a Matala presenter allegedly told protesters during his morning show on January 26 that their actions did not affect the South African economy and were ineffective.
The community was demanding clean water and other services.
Their anger was fuelled by the death of eight-year-old Musa Mbele, who drowned at a local river while fetching water.
Khehla Mokoena, who reported the matter to the BCCSA, said its suggested remedy, that Motaung apologise on air, was unacceptable.
He suggested that the presenter be suspended from his show for at least six months.
“He made utterances that are not so good about protesters, mentioning that we think we are clever and our protesting for basic services such as water supply won’t even affect the
economy of this country. That, in itself, is an insult to us because he merely suggested that we are useless as the people of QwaQwa.
BCCSA registrar Shouneez Martin said: “At this stage, we do not have a ruling and I cannot provide you with a comment on the matter.”
SABC spokeswoman Mmoni Seapolelo said they could not comment on the matter until the BCCSA ruled on it.
By Boitumelo Kgobotlo


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