Is this the end of the road for Robert Marawa at SABC?
Seasoned sportscaster Robert Marawa’s career at the SABC may be coming to an end.
Marawa's future is on shaky ground after he went AWOL following his radio producer Beverly Maphanga getting suspended last week.
It is alleged that the public broadcaster has scheduled a meeting with the Metro FM sports anchor this week.
According to a Sunday publication, SABC's group executive for sports Sully Motsweni was not impressed with Marawa's behaviour and has informed senior executives that she plans to summon Marawa to a meeting where she intends to serve him with a letter of termination of his contract for "misconduct".
"They can fire me without having to call me to a meeting if there are substantive grounds to warrant a firing. The tweets were factually correct in explaining what's happening. Which tweet touched them in their studio?" said Marawa
1)My Producer Beverly Maphangwa has been suspended 4 "non-compliance/contravention of contract."The crime? We played audio by Sizwe Mabena.
Management "views this in a serious light & contemplates terminating" her contract but she can submit a written letter by 28 June to counter
So what's at issue?? Mr Mabena and Mr Mthethwa are from the "Competitor i.e. MultiChoice" and thus I was wrong to read a message & include.
I told Management that I will remove myself from the Show because I am the one that actually caused this crime. So I will NOT be on 2nite.
I respect their decision and will observe on the sidelines what happens. One day the truth will land on ears, trust me. From me to u. ✌
Maphanga landed in hot water for playing the audio clip from the broadcaster’s competitor, SuperSport.
The clip was of Sizwe Mabena and was played during Marawa’s Metro FM show.
Following the incident, Marawa went MIA and went on to social media to express his frustration. He tweeted that he "had removed himself from the show".
Marawa added that he would not be on his show because of Maphanga’s suspension.
Radio 702's talk show host, Redi Tlhapi offered Marawa to jump ship:
Marawa received a lot of support:
Come work here. We speak about and quote our so-called "competitors" when it's relevant. No consequences. No egos here. Woza https://t.co/qxA8xO4Qhh
Where does the SABC get highlights for non televised local and international sport. @robertmarawa I rest my case.
Knowing that u r there and supporting us already makes us feel empowered!!
Bra Rob we are behind you all the way.sizakulandela mhlekazi ,we knew this day will https://t.co/iRNZlmmk6D are brave Sir,i salute you
I thought that Hlaudi left SABC now this
We wouldn't be surprised if Marawa decides to join former Metro FM's online radio station:
SABC is now really loosing it's value more than b4. This is just Nonsense from Management. How do they treat staff?