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Metro FM xenophobia complaint dismissed

By Sapa | Aug 27, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 55 ]

Complaints that remarks on a Metro FM current affairs show encouraged xenophobia have been dismissed by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA).

"In the result we could not find any contravention of the code and the complaint is, accordingly, not upheld," the BCCSA said in its judgment this week.

"The tribunal found that although some of the comments hinted at xenophobia, they did not amount to the advocacy of hatred and there was no incitement to cause harm."

The BCCSA received complaints from listeners, referred to only as Siguague and Mathebula, that the presenter of "The Touchdown" programme made derogatory remarks after a Nigerian artist failed to turn up for an interview.

The presenter, known as Tbo Touch, apparently spoke about Nigerians and other artists who were late for appointments or did not turn up.

The complainants said Touch made reference to finding the nearest border post if one was unhappy with him only playing local music, which suggested "return to your countries" connotations.

Touch said he would not be disrespected on South African land and no one was going to come to South Africa and tell South Africans how things were done.

The complainants submitted that Touch placed sarcastic emphasis on a news story where a Nigerian was arrested, saying it was an attempt to "paint all Nigerians with the same brush".

They claimed Touch made distasteful comments about Nigeria as a country and questioned it's resources such as "do they even have spas".

They further submitted that Touch referred to "African" time and implied it was only people from certain geographical areas that failed to adhere to timekeeping.


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Hola Tbo Touch, mara that Joe is hilarious

Aug 27, 2014 11:26 | 1 replies


I think your avatar sums up your sense of humour perfectly, you find humour where normalk people woulkdn't. You think Joe is funny????? Ya neh!

Aug 27, 2014 1:8 | 0 replies


Let me guess, Siguague and Mathebula are Niigerians?

Aug 27, 2014 11:27 | 0 replies


People will leave their countries and be sensitive on what South Africans say in their own land, phuck these rights already

Aug 27, 2014 11:32 | 0 replies


These Nigerians are full of it...they must go back...this is not their country...go back and fight Boko haram mani futsek!!

Aug 27, 2014 11:49 | 1 replies


Damn, this is nice

Aug 27, 2014 12:23 | 1 replies


mopako my guy...the pic inspires me to comment...coz everytime i comment...i get to see that body...Lord save me

Aug 27, 2014 12:29 | 1 replies


do you know who is she?

Aug 27, 2014 12:36 | 0 replies



Aug 27, 2014 11:57 | 1 replies


kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaks eish its the money ntwana..

Aug 28, 2014 12:35 | 0 replies


not commenting about the article but Tbo Touch you are messing Metro.they should have kept you on weekends.Growing up in America doesn't make you American,i used to listen to your shows but you sound too brainwashed with american even ashamed to be associated with African tribes,i bet you identify yourself like an American where ever you go.a bit childish too as most of your call in shows all talk about swagg....boys stuff.

Aug 27, 2014 12:2 | 2 replies


Well said I know him , This is not america it mzansi for sure

Aug 27, 2014 1:18 | 0 replies


Jealousy makes you nasty bro, T-Bo Touch' show is the best drive time in SA and the guy was even arrested for Cooking MOGODU (TRIPE) in the states to show that he's a proud African from South Africa

Aug 27, 2014 2:25 | 0 replies


ja they start to think that they are special since they are here in large numbers, leave touch alone and go face Boko Haram

Aug 27, 2014 12:3 | 0 replies


I support you Tbo. Big Brother Africa is manage and hosted by them and they have added another Nigerians at the top, now they want to put mouth and control music our radio also.

Aug 27, 2014 12:13 | 0 replies


uyiNdoda uTbos noma angaba mubi, uthini ngoThuli ngisho imali eyehluleka ukumgeza?

Aug 27, 2014 12:23 | 0 replies


that Joe guy is an ignorant fool, just like uNathi

Aug 27, 2014 12:40 | 1 replies


I like Unathi, I like her very much both as a presenter and her character.

Aug 27, 2014 1:27 | 1 replies



Aug 27, 2014 2:29 | 0 replies


Yoh…I can’t strand Tbo Touch, his fake American accent, infantile Joe and his stupid, childish jokes. Someone please tell this fool ha se mo States mo and most South Africans do not suffer from American Envy nor do we think America is the shite hence we are not obsessed with the US.

I did not catch the offending broadcast but I find Tbos just embarrassing and irritating nje, even if I try forcing myself to listen to him 5 minutes is too long before either he or Joe say something really stupid or childish prompting me switch stations. Hell even Y-FM is better and more mature than his crappie show.

Aug 27, 2014 1:6 | 1 replies


i concur... the whole bunch is made of losers

Aug 27, 2014 1:14 | 0 replies