Robert Marawa might be “sacked” from Metro FM for “misconduct”
Metro FM sports presenter Robert Marawa is facing the axe from the SABC after he abstained from work this week.
Marawa dumped his work in solidarity with his producer Beverly Maphangwa who was suspended by the SABC, allegedly for playing SuperSport content on the Metro FM sports show despite instructions from management advising her not to do so.
As a result, Maphangwa was allegedly ordered by SABC management to provide reasons why she should not be suspended on Thursday.
Marawa refused to work with a producer who was appointed by management to run the show while Maphangwa was on suspension.
He took his fight to social media and tweeted: “My producer Beverly Maphangwa has been suspended 4 ‘non compliance/contravention of contract’. The crime? We played audio by Sizwe Mabena.
“I told management that I removed myself from the show because I am the one that actually caused this crime. So I will not be on 2nite.”
SABC group executive for sports Sully Motsweni is said to have gained support from acting group CEO Theliso Ralitabo and acting general manager for radio Orapeleng Lebethe in firing Marawa. He has been summoned to a meeting where Motsweni apparently will hand him a termination letter based on misconduct on Monday.
Marawa said he was unaware of the meeting and was not fazed by the possibility of being fired. He explained the tweets were factually correct and SABC and MultiChoice had a partnership agreement.
Marawa blamed the fracas surrounding his producer on an unnamed manager he believes is set on disrupting the handling of his show.