The SABC has reportedly fired eight more sports presenters, as the troubled public broadcaster could not afford to pay them due to its financial difficulties.
The Sunday World reports that Marks Maponyane, Mike Mangena, Papi Khomane, Rabbie Moripe, Gloria Brown and Fabian McCarthy are among the presenters who were issued with letters by SABC Sports management in June. The letters apparently informed the presenters of the public broadcaster’s intention not to renew their contracts when the new soccer season commences.
The contracts of Soccer Laduma presenter Tshepo Mabona and former referee Sylvester Ndaba, who is known for his critical reviews of Premier Soccer League matches on the Monday night highlights show SoccerZone, are also reportedly not going to be renewed.
They are set to join David Kekana, Lindani Mbense, Kwena Moabelo, Christopher Bongo and Cudioe Amankwah, who were given their letters earlier this month.
The termination of the contracts is the latest development at the broadcaster, after it let go of the renowned sports presenter Robert Marawa. He later opened up about his last days at the SABC to Azania Mosaka on Talk Radio 702, saying the public broadcaster always had a plan to see him “on the streets”.
“When you work, it has to be in an enabling environment‚ so you can’t always be fighting to do it. People have to be supporting you in order for you to do the work. So you found that you are wearing boxing gloves more often in trying to get the work done‚ as opposed to having assistance to work. You always found that there was antagonism of some sort,” he told Mosaka.
Mabona told the Sunday World that the process to terminate his contract was unfair. He told the publication that he was only informed four days before the end of his contract. “I was told that I have been extremely professional and not a single complaint had been received about my performance, but that the company is not doing well financially,” he said.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told the publication that the matter was being handled by management.
Additional reporting by Sunday World