Popular Brian Rikhotso leaves Lonene FM

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Popular Munghana Lonene FM presenter, Brian Rikhotso, has resigned from the station.

Rikhotso, popularly known as DJ Brian, tendered his resignation at the weekend, a day after the Polokwane magistrates' court released him on R3000 bail.

He was arrested on February 9 in connection with the murder of a pastor, Musa Maluleke, who also worked in the Limpopo legislature.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago yesterday confirmed Rikhotso's resignation.

"It is sad to lose a presenter of Rikhotso's calibre, but the station needs to move forward," said Kganyago, who refused to give the reasons behind the resignation.

Rikhotso yesterday declined to comment and referred questions to his lawyer, Ralph Ndleve.

But Rikhotso refused to provide Ndleve's phone numbers.

Rikhotso was arrested after Samuel Mukansi, a self-confessed killer, implicated him in Maluleke's murder.

Maluleke had gone missing on February 4 from his Polokwane home. His body was discovered three days later in a shallow grave at Thokgwaneng village near Lebowakgomo.

Mukansi confessed in court to shooting Maluleke. He alleged Rikhotso had hired him to kill Maluleke and promised to pay him R10000.

Mukansi told the court that prior to their arrest, Rikhotso had paid him only R200.