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SABC terminates DJ Fresh’s contract with immediate effect

The broadcaster said the termination followed unsuccessful engagements between SABC Radio management and DJ Fresh, subsequent to his usage of offensive language on-air.

Picture: @DJFreshSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG -The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday said it had terminated the contract of Thato Sikwane, also known as DJ Fresh, with immediate effect.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the broadcaster said termination followed unsuccessful engagements between SABC Radio management and DJ Fresh, subsequent to his usage of offensive language on-air.

Fresh was the headliner of MetroFM’s breakfast show.

The SABC was found guilty and sanctioned by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for the contravention of Clause 6 of the BCCSA’s Code of Conduct.

“Mr Sikwane was afforded an opportunity to remedy his contractual breaches, which he failed and/or refused to do. This conduct resulted in the irretrievable breakdown of the trust relations between the SABC and himself,” the statement read.

In a letter dated 28 June 2019, Sikwane’s lawyers further stated: “It is our client’s instruction that he must either return to work immediately, alternatively, that upon his commencement on 15 of July 2019, it must be emphatically understood that no apology will be tendered”.

The SABC said this was contrary to the popular DJ's statement released on 08 July 2019.

On Monday, Fresh said he would like to be back on air but could not confirm when it would happen.

Sikwane Joined Metro FM in 2017 after he left 5FM.