Popular and straight-talking Metro FM breakfast radio host and club disc jockey DJ Fresh has been off air since Wednesday, but it is unclear why he was suspended.
What everyone is wondering is: Could it be because of a scuffle he reportedly had with his The Fresh Breakfast Show co-host Relebogile Mabotja, or was it the DJ’s foul-mouthed comment he allegedly made to a listener recently that has landed him in hot water?
Even DJ Fresh didn’t seem to know why he had been suspended.
This week, the radio host, whose real name is Thato Sikwane, told City Press by email: “The only communication I have from the SABC is that there is some ‘investigation’ under way. My lawyer will attend to it whatever the ‘outcome’!”
When contacted for comment, Mabotja paused before answering: “What are SABC and Fresh saying about this matter? It is not true that I had a fight with Fresh,” she asked before ending the call.
SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu said the public broadcaster would “like to put it on record that there is no truth to the allegation that there was a scuffle between Kelebogile and DJ Fresh”.
She added: “The SABC can confirm that Mr Thato Sikwane has been unscheduled on Metro FM until further notice. This is a matter between the organisation and Mr Sikwane, and the SABC is not in a position to comment further.”
However, two SABC insiders insisted that DJ Fresh did in fact have an altercation with Mabotja, who remained on air this week.
She hosted the breakfast show with stand-in presenter Mo Flava.
Insiders said that from tomorrow, Thomas Msengana would replace Mo Flava as the stand-in.
“They both have strong personalities, they can’t be in the same room, let alone working together,” claimed one SABC insider about DJ Fresh and Mabotja.
But the reason for his suspension could be related to a complaint from a caller, which was reported to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA).
Last month, DJ Fresh’s big mouth got him into trouble when he told a caller that he “should stop tweeting from his arse”.
A listener, Daniel Mokwa, promptly reported the deep-voiced radio host to the BCCSA for allegedly using the word ‘msunery’, a variation of the isiZulu inflammatory word msu, which, translated to English, means arsehole.
He also accused DJ Fresh of being unprofessional in his dialogue with the caller.
However, DJ Fresh refused to touch on this pending matter, saying he has no further comment.