Thando Thabethe. Picture: Instagram
Thando Thabethe. Picture: Instagram

Thando Thabethe reveals shocking details of 5FM exit

By Entertainment Reporter Time of article published Apr 8, 2020

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Media personality Thando Thabethe finally broke her silence following her sudden resignation from 5FM. 

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Thabethe revealed some shocking details that led to her exit from the station, stating that she was the last to find out that her show, the "Thabooty Drive" was canned.

Detailing her reasons why she resigned, Thabethe wrote: "Context first: 5FM had “acting programme & station manager for a couple of months, they finally appointed JD Mostert and Siyanda Fikelephi as Station & Programme Manager respectively.

"On Friday 28 Feb I had a meeting with the PM who let me know that the show was renewed, as per our annual negotiations. I then tried to negotiate a raise of R200 an hour. At this point he had agreed for me to take 2 weeks leave to shoot housekeepers."

She explained further: "Fast forward the following Monday I hear that the Thabooty drive will be no longer as it doesn’t fit into the 2/5 year plan of the SABC. This info I hear from colleagues or people on my show. At this point I hear that the replacement of the show had already been notified and so had my current teammates. Note: I was the last to find out that my very own show no longer existed!!!"

She added: "I was offered…wait for it…SUNDAYS 4-7am. I have ploughed many hours into the work that I do, and found this an insult after 11 years on radio. I then proceeded to resign. The current line up at 5FM is not a representation of the diverse country that we live in. It’s also very easy to dub me as “demanding” to the powers that be in the hope that the truth doesn’t come out.

"The truth eventually did come out, I was then offered my original slot back, which I declined, in the fear of being victimized by the very same ppl who wanted me gone to begin with.

"Because I have been in this industry for a while and understand 100% that shows are shuffled and changed annually. My gripe is the lies told to me and about me for personal gains. I hope this never happens to anyone else. I know of many stories where artists are mistreated…And hope that others will be able to speak up when unfairly labelled and treated."

See the thread below:

A thread on why I resigned from @5fm...

She concluded: "Long story short, I hope to now put this matter to rest & continue with my life. I can only appeal to the top management for the people responsible that being the programme and Station Manager to be held accountable 🙏🏾-

This comes just over a month after Thabooty dropped a bombshell when she said she was quitting radio to focus on her acting career.

Taking to social media at the time, Thabethe shared: “And so...I’ve dropped the mic..after 6 years at 5 and 11 years on radio! This is it. I’ve decide to focus on other spheres in my life ... thank you to everyone that’s listened to my show, I’m nothing without you. #EverybodyLovesThabooty.

Speaking to IOL Entertainment, SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said: "The SABC is aware of Ms. Thando Thabethe’s public comments on social media and we would like to put it on record that Ms. Thabethe resigned from 5FM on her own accord, and the station accepted her resignation. The station would like to refute the allegations raised by Ms. Thabethe."

Industry friends and fans rallied behind Thabethe, offering their messages of support and commending her for speaking her truth.

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