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By unknown | Jun 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

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Popular Durban radio station Igagasi FM is being investigated after complaints by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA).

The station has been accused of "tarnishing the image of several people" during its morning show, Alex and the Crew.

One of the complainants, journalist Nkosinathi Mshengu, wrote to the commission accusing Igagasi of breaching the broadcasting code of conduct.

This followed a heated argument during the live show, Kiss and Make Up when the station's news reader, Thozama Mbili, accused Mshengu of refusing to return music CDs that belonged to her.

Mshengu in turn accused the station of defamation and has allegedly taken the matter up with his legal team which has written to the radio station asking for tapes of the show and has laid a complain with the commission.

Mshengu was the second person to complain to the BCCSA about the Kagiso Media-owned station.

Last month, Durban traditional healer, Keletso Pekile, wrote to the BCCSA asking them to investigate the station for its lack of accountability and for using the air waves to destroy people's image and reputation.

And a few months ago, political parties, including the IFP, complained that the station did not exert proper control over the morning show.

Velaphi Ndlovu, IFP deputy secretary, complained that the station was allowing its listeners to insult leaders on air.

Registrar, Shouneez Martin, said the commission had received a complaint about the broadcaster from Pekile.

Meanwhile, Alex Mthiyane, pictured, spokesman for Igagasi, said the station had not yet received any complaints from the BCCSA or Mshengu's lawyers.


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