'Nothing is left': 2 Joburg community radio stations looted, vandalised

Alexandra community radio station, Alex FM, and Westside FM in Kagiso were broken into and vandalised on Tuesday morning.

Equipment in the Westside FM studio in Alexandra was vandalised on 12 July 2021. Picture: @Goodhop32592572/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Two radio stations in Johannesburg have been looted as unrest continued in parts of the city.

Alexandra community radio station, Alex FM, and Westside FM in Kagiso were broken into and vandalised on Tuesday morning.

Alex FM's Kabelo Kehalotswe said that studio computers and audio equipment were stolen, while the property was damaged.

They are now unable to operate and the station was off-air.

"The only thing that is left is the headphones and the mike, our offices are cleared out. Nothing is left," Kehalotswe said.

Westside FM CEO Goodhope Ledwaba said that looters broke the doors and windows and also stole important broadcasting equipment.

The station operated from Kagsiso Mall, one of the malls that was targeted.

"Our main door is glass and is broken, our studio stuff is taken... all our computers, broadcasting equipment... we are the hardest hit here," Ledwaba said.

He added that the damage would be costly.

Both stations said that community radio played an important role, especially during this challenging time.

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