SABC allegedly fires sports presenter Robert Marawa via WhatsApp

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By: Natasha Archary

History repeated itself this Friday when the SABC fired sports personality and TV presenter Robert Marawa for the second time, allegedly via text. The popular sports presenter was first fired by the public broadcaster in July 2017 but was then rehired to run a simulcast sports show, Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) on Radio 2000 and Metro FM.

He took to his social media to share the WhatsApp message he received from acting station manager Kina Nhlengethwa, just 3-hours before his show was supposed to go live.

The statement that Nhlengethwa referred to in the text to Marawa also notified the public that the SABC was terminating the contract of fellow sports journalist Vaylen Kirtley.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to announce the departure of renowned sports broadcasters, Mr. Robert Marawa and Ms. VaylenΒ  Kirtley. Robert Marawa departs following the conclusion of the MSW (Marawa Sport Worldwide), which Marawa presented on both METRO FM and Radio 2000 simultaneously,” the SABC wrote in their statement.

Robert Marawa was also dismissed from SuperSport in May 2019 via text where he was 2-hours before his show not to bother coming into work. Marawa hinted that his dismissal at SuperSport had to do with him speaking out about sexual harassment allegations within the ranks at the broadcaster.

Marawa’s dismissal at the SABC came on the same day that he won the South African Radio Award for Best Sports Show.

Many South Africans were outraged at Marawa’s dismissal, including Kaya Drive show host Sizwe Dhlomo who sent a tweet to the broadcasting giant in support.

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi also shared his message of support with Marawa telling him to remain strong and that ‘their’ day will come.

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