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Why did Ukhozi FM suspend DJ Sgqemeza and 2 producers?

ZIYAKHALA: Sipho ‘DJ Sgqemeza’ Mbatha (top), content producer Babheke Mthethwa (below) and technical producer, Mandla Magwaza (inset) (inset).

DJ SGQEMEZA and two producers have been suspended from Ukhozi FM’s Vuka Mzansi — with immediate effect.

They will stay suspended, according to the SABC, awaiting an internal probe.

And, no one knows what the 'internal probe' could discover!

Along with Sipho “DJ Sgqemeza” Mbatha, content producer Babheke Mthethwa and technical producer Mandla “Njinji” Magwaza were terminated on Wednesday, 18 May, pending an internal inquiry.

The station’s seven million listeners were astonished when Siya Mhlongo stepped in for DJ Sgqemeza to conduct the 6 to 9am weekdays morning program, alongside Nonhlanhla “Mroza” Buthelezi. Siya, who was the afternoon drive program presenter last season, was pulled from behind the microphone by Ukhozi FM in March.

Ukhozi FM content producer Babheke Mthethwa who is suspended by Ukhozi FM after an internal probe. Photo from Ukhozi FM Facebook page.

This was so he could be a broadcaster on Ukhozi FM Vodcast named Ukhozi TV. He eventually had the chance to be a host for Metro FM Sunday morning program, Sacred Space, with Thami Ngubeni.

“Ukhozi FM management regrets to tell listeners that three members of the morning show crew have been unscheduled after an internal investigation,” said Gugu Ntuli, SABC group executive corporate affairs and marketing. “These members are the host and two producers of the program. Because it involves the relationship between an employer and an employee, which is controlled by the regulations of the organization, management will not address this topic any more.

She went on to say that the management had taken precautions to guarantee that the concert would continue uninterrupted.

Mandla "Njinji" Magwaza, the technical producer for Ukhozi FM, has been placed on administrative leave as a result of an inquiry conducted by the station. Photo by Jabulani Langa Photograph by

"Siya is filling in for Nonhlanhla "Mroza" Buthelezi as a presenter, and she will be co-hosting the program alongside Mroza."

DJ Sgqemeza was unable to be reached for comment after his suspension; however, he did post the following on his Twitter account: "What should we then say to these things? If God is on our side, then who can stand in our way?

A listener by the name of Sibongiseni Mzila said the following on Facebook: "Honest to God, this is not fair to Mroza. It is very evident that they do not trust her to host the program on her own, as shown by the fact that they have recruited Siya from Metro FM.

Sthembiso Mngoma made the following observation: "I believe Siya is the ideal candidate to host the morning program."

Magwaza did not want to make any comments, and Mthethwa did not answer his phone when it phoned.


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