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DJ Sbu off air - again

By unknown | Apr 21, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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YFM disc jockey Sbu Leope has been taken off air until after the elections.

Leope, who is facing suspension for the second time in as many weeks, has allegedly been suspended for appearing on television standing next to ANC president Jacob Zuma.

A disappointed Leope says: "I was not aware that I was on TV, let alone standing next to Jacob Zuma, until the people started calling me. I was, however, shocked to get an urgent call on Sunday night telling me that I was off air until after the elections."

He says he then asked for a copy of the instruction in black and white.

"I got the email this morning. YFM said my standing next to Zuma might have legal implications for the station with the Independent Broadcasting Authority of South Africa. They insisted that it would be seen as if I am endorsing Zuma.

"This is sad because I have never abused the YFM platform in any form or by encouraging our listeners to vote for him. Maybe the station will better explain their stance to you.

"Personally I'm lost but I just follow the rules and respect their decision," he says.

Leope says he likes his job but should be allowed to pick a political party he supports.

"It's up to me to choose which political organisation to support or which rally to go to. I never planned to appear on television standing next to the ANC president."

Attempts to reach programmes manager Tumelo Diaho-Monaheng drew a blank. Diaho-Monaheng was said to be perpetually in meetings. Last night, the ANC Youth League demanded that Leope be reinstated with immediate effect.


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