DJs refuse to interview Chris Brown

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CD HUSH CHRISb AP In this February 12, 2012 file photo, Chris Brown accepts the award for best R&B album for "F.A.M.E." during the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Sayles

AHEAD of Chris Brown’s show in Cape Town on Wednesday night, two popular local DJs have boycotted the R&B superstar.

Amon Mokoena and Thato Mataboge, who host a weekly show on Metro FM, flatly refused to interview the US singer who was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

“We don’t want to be associated with Chris Brown. We are busy pushing a positive message about 16 Days Against Women and Child Abuse and here we are being forced to entertain this concert. We all know what he did,” Mataboge explained in an email.

“It does not sit well with any of us.

“As a father to my daughter and as husbands to our wives who have never lifted even a finger to any female, it’s compromising what we stand for as a show and individuals.”

Chris performed in Joburg on Saturday and in Durban on Monday on his Carpe Diem tour – and is set to perform two shows at Cape Town’s Grand Arena on Wednesday and on Thursday night.

Spokesperson for the SABC Kaizer Kganyago says Mokoena and Mataboge’s views are irrelevant to the business deal made between Metro FM and concert promoter Canoc Productions.

“The interview never happened because the promoter never brought the performer, but they would have had to [conduct the interview] because this was a business agreement we had made,” he says.

“We are not the sponsors of the show and we are not hypocrites.

“Chris Brown would be the best person to talk about the 16 Days campaign.

“Why are we against him – confessing and coming out to – admit he was wrong? [Local actor] Patrick Shai did the same thing and yet he is on our television screens.” - Daily Voice

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