Johannesburg - The SABC terminated their contract with DJ Fresh, real name Thato Sikwane, with immediate effect on Tuesday. DJ Fresh had appeared on the 24-hour TV channel Newzroom Afrika on their morning show, alongside hosts Sizwe Dhlomo and Gugu Mhlungu.
Fresh, who steered Metro FM's Fresh Breakfast show, appeared on the new news channel's Breaking Dawn show discussing current affairs with Dhlomo, Mhlungu and others.
The public broadcaster said the termination followed unsuccessful engagements between SABC Radio Management and Fresh subsequent to "his usage of offensive language on-air, resulting in the SABC being found guilty and sanctioned by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for contravention of clause 6 of the BCCSA’s Code of Conduct.
"In addition, his conduct brought the SABC into disrepute, " the SABC said in a statement.
Fresh was allegedly afforded an opportunity to remedy his contractual breaches and the SABC said he failed and/or refused to do so.