Radio hosts up in arms over salaries

FURIOUS presenters at Makhado FM, a community radio station in Louis Trichardt, have accused the station manager of exploitation.

This after the station's management failed to pay the presenters for the past 10 months.

The presenters said they had been struggling to make ends meet since April last year.

They said they were each given brown envelopes containing R500 in May last year for transport.

In a motion of no confidence, the 20 presenters left the station after accusing station manager Moses Muneri of "running the station like a spaza shop".

Muneri reportedly told the presenters and board members, who started work under the leadership of Junior Ramovha, that they should prepare for their exit.

Muneri was, among other things, accused of nepotism after he allegedly offered jobs to his friends and sacked those who did not agree with him.

Three senior managers have since resigned.

Sowetan also learnt that news editor Mashudu Makananise, marketing manager Owen Maphangwa and programmes manager Edwin Ramulifho also resigned recently.

The presenters also accuse Muneri of "wielding too much power" as he allegedly hired and fired presenters at will.

Muneri confirmed that the presenters had not been paid, but said it was not compulsory for them to be paid.

"As a community radio station, we do not have money to pay workers.

"The R500 we gave them last year was to assist our workers to afford transport costs," he said.