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Marawa ‘fired by text’ by SABC on the same day MSW wins radio award

Former Metro FM and Radio 2000 MSW (Marawa Sports World Wide) Robert Marawa.
Former Metro FM and Radio 2000 MSW (Marawa Sports World Wide) Robert Marawa.
Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

As has been his character when his relationship has turned sour with the SABC‚ outspoken sports presenter Robert Marawa has not gone quietly after a second sacking from the public broadcaster in four years.

The news of Marawa’s “departure” was broken in a statement by the SABC on Friday that the hugely popular host of Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) would part ways with the public broadcaster. Later on Friday Marawa did not hesitate to share a screenshot of the “SMS” he said was the mode of communication that fired him.

In another dramatic turn‚ Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) won the category for Best Sports Show: Commercial at the SA Radio Awards on Friday‚ on the same day Marawa was fired.

Marawa tweeted on Thursday that he was fired by SMS. His tweet was accompanied by an alleged screenshot of an SMS or WhatsApp message he received from a person identified as “Kina”‚ who apparently is Kina Nhlengethwa‚ whose LinkedIn profile states she is acting station manager at SAfm Radio.

Marawa tweeted: “So after serving the public broadcaster through time‚ I am sent yet another text from a person in an ‘acting’ position informing me of this.

“Same modus operandi as SS [pay-channel SuperSport].

“What do they fear about the last Show??

“Thank you Mzansi for the love & support thru the years. #MSW.”

The alleged screenshot of the SMS or WhatsApp message by Nhlengethwa states: “Hi Robert. The reason for my call earlier on was to firstly inform you about the press release that was going to go out earlier on.

“The second one was to inform you that you need not come in for the show today as there will be no MSW broadcast show tonight. Thank you.”

The SABC had announced Marawa’s departure‚ along with that of Morning Live TV sports presenter Vaylen Kirtley‚ in a statement on Friday.

The statement read: “The SABC would like to announce the departure of renowned sports broadcasters Mr Robert Marawa and Ms Vaylen Kirtley.

“Robert Marawa departs following the conclusion of the MSW (Marawa Sport Worldwide)‚ which Marawa presented on both METRO FM and Radio 2000 simultaneously.”

Marawa has had a chequered relationship with the SABC. He was fired from Metro FM in 2017 when he refused to return to his show in solidarity with his producer Beverly Maphangwa‚ who had been fired earlier. Marawa was reinstated by popular demand and tremendous public pressure.

Marawa was controversially fired by SuperSport as a TV sports anchor in 2019.

The SABC’s head of sport‚ Gary Rathbone‚ could not immediately be reached for comment.