SAFA and SABC butt heads over Robert Marawa dismissal

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By: Natasha Archary 

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the South African Football Association (SAFA) are at loggerheads over the SABC’s decision to dismiss sporting journalist Robert Marawa.

This after SAFA issued a statement expressing the association’s disapproval of Robert Marawa’s contract termination from the public broadcaster.

On Friday, 30 July sports personality and TV presenter Robert Marawa was shown the door from the SABC for the second time, allegedly via text.

The SABC has since accused SAFA of interfering in their human resources and operational affairs in a statement “noting with serious concern the misleading and ill-informed media statement issued by the South African Football Association (SAFA) regarding the conclusion of Robert Marawa’s contract with the public broadcaster.”

“It is quite clear that SAFA has issued a media statement without regard to the full details of the matter. The SABC reiterates that Robert Marawa’s three-year contract was not terminated but ended as per the terms of his contract. Robert Marawa was duly notified of the non-renewal of his contract three months before it came to an end.

The SABC strongly rejects SAFA’s assertion that the non-renewal of Robert Marawa’s contract is somehow connected with an attempt to restrict the expression of his views. SAFA’s comment in this regard is baseless and without foundation. It is disappointing that the organisation representing South African football has allowed itself to become part of this issue’s misinformation.

The public broadcaster assures the South African public that it will continue to discharge its mandate without fear or favour, whilst ensuring that the interests of the organisation are protected,” the statement ends.

SAFA said Marawa has been an excellent contributor to football and it will approach the SABC to discuss the matter.

“Robert Marawa has over the years excelled as a major contributor to the analysis, insight and debate of football on the African continent and global stage,” the SAFA statement said.

“His shows have regularly attracted wide-range expert views and opinions that evidently contributed to the growth of South African football.”