Sasha Martinengo. Picture: Paballo Thekiso/INLSA

Hot91.9fm's managing director, Lloyd Madurai, Tuesday issued a statement announcing that the station has parted ways with presenter Sasha Martinengo after he referred to EFF leader Julius Malema as a 'monkey' on air.

The announcement made on the radio stations social media pages explained the motive for his dismissal with Madurai calling the incident "completely unacceptable".

"This morning an unfortunate and completely unacceptable incident took place during the Breakfast Show whereby, during the course of the broadcast, a reference was made by anchor presenter, Sasha Martinengo, who said “[A]nd people still listen to this monkey,” referring to Mr. Julius Malema," part of the statement read.

Madurai added that Martinengo had "violated the station’s code of conduct" and that the station has "elected to remove him from all involvement with the radio station with immediate effect".

"As such, notwithstanding the presenter’s immediate and unreserved apology, the station has forthwith elected to remove him from all involvement with the radio station with immediate effect. Furthermore, the station hereby issues a public apology to Mr. Malema and deeply regrets any adverse inference that the conduct of the presenter has had," the Madurai wrote.

Martinengo released a statement of his via Twitter, saying he apologises if he offended anyone but still stands by his words.

Social media was quick to react after the announcements, with some listeners offering to Martinengo support, while others felt he deserved to be dismissed. 

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