Ukhozi FM has suspended Pastor Zondo

By Drum Digital
26 January 2015

The SABC has suspended Pastor Sthembiso Zondo following the release of a damaging video showing popular KZN Pastor naked.

The SABC has suspended Pastor Sthembiso Zondo following the release of a "damaging" video showing popular KZN  Pastor naked.

The video of a man who looks and sounds like pastor Zondo, - well known for his motivational talks on Ukhozi FM, went viral on social media on Tuesday.

The video, whose origins were unknown, shows a man talking on his phone, while pacing up and down in a lounge, wearing only his birthday suit, with the TV is playing in the background.

The SABC on Monday said it would no longer schedule Pastor Zondo on Ukhozi FM's breakfast show "Vuka Motivation".

“The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Radio management have taken the decision to not schedule Pastor St(h)embiso Zondo’s until further notice on Ukhozi FM’s breakfast show ‘Vuka Motivation’. This follows the unfortunate incident of the release to the public, a video and photos purported to be of Pastor Zondo in a compromising position," said SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago in a statement.

He said the decision was taken in accordance with Ukhozi FM's brand as well as that of the SABC.

“The decision was taken following careful consideration, as to the negative impact this situation would have on the credibility of the said programme the Pastor was contributing to, as it deals with morality issues. The impact on brand Ukhozi FM and what the public broadcaster stands for also had to be considered,” said Kganyago.

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