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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Shuu! SABC: No Radio interviews for the first SA Black Idol Khaya Mthethwa


The Sowetan newspaper has reported that the state broadcaster (SABC) has circulated an e-mail to its radio station managers banning its station from interviewing South Africa’s first black Idol, Khaya Mthehtwa.

The winner from KwaZulu Natal was crowned just a day before yesterday and he became the eighth person to win South African Idols. He won the Nationwide vote against the 23-year old Melissa Allison (eighth local edition of Idols).

The paper also reported that Metro FM presenter and Idols judge Unathi Msenganga confirmed yesterday that she was sent an email on Monday by her station manager Martin Vilakazi instructing her not to do any interviews with the Idol winner or any competitor.

Msengana was quoted as saying, “This morning (Which was a Wednesday) an instruction was personally given to me by my station manager not to interview Khaya. No explanation was given. I had to obey and ask no questions because he is my boss.”


Khaya apparently will start to work on his expected album in the next two weeks. Is the SABC pulling some kind of a setback for the black Idol?

It was also reported that SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago denied that the state broadcaster sent an instruction like that. And he was quoted as saying, “This is not true and it is ridiculous. We did not issue instructions like that. To start with, Unathi is not even supposed to comment to the media. I am the SABC spokesperson.”

He (Kaizer) also said that she is even conflicted by working on Idols when she works for SABC. He admitted that they had Khaya on Cgriselda Kananda’s show last week.”

The paper reported that Kganyago called later and confirmed that the instruction was given to Msengana and Cliff.

Their decision came after they saw that Unathi and Cliff were conflicted and clearly there’s a conflict of interest. Idols belongs to another station.

By Staff Reporter

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