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Public excited after hearing Skhumba on Kaya FM today

By Faeza
14 October 2016

A lot of Twitter users shared their excitement after they heard their favorite comedian Skhumbuzo ‘Skhumba’ Hlophe was back on radio and doing what he does to  best - telling jokes.  

The comedian landed himself in hot water recently when his jokes about topless #FeesMustFall protesters were seen as body shaming.

This happened after the comedian uploaded a video on his Instagram account of himself teasing the three protesters.

“Please don’t show your boobs. When a boob shows, it should be like a tennis (ball). These females are showing hanging boobs that look like wet All Stars (sneakers) without laces. Others have big tummies with silver stripes,” he said on the

video.

Many people didn’t take kindly to his joke as they called for him to be taken off his Friday morning slot on Kaya FM until he publicly apologises.

ONLINE PETITION LAUNCHED

Soon Twitter was abuzz and an online petition was launched for the removal of Skhumba on air until he publicly apologises. In the wake of the storm, an emotional Skhumba apologised on air and posted a video on his Instagram account, apologising to the topless protesters and to all those he offended.

“The worst thing in life is to be misunderstood. I would like to apologise to all the women that were affected. I’ve never apologised for anything that I have ever done in my life, but I need to apologise. If it sits wrong with you‚ I am really sorry‚” he said.

NOT EVERYBODY IS AGAINST SKHUMBA

During the Twitter storm, Skhumba had a few friends in his corner and some of his loyal fans stood by him. That’s when #HandsOffSkhumba came to light. It’s not only the fans who came to the comedian’s aid but also some high-profile TV personalities,

including Anele Mdoda.

Anele took to Twitter to tell people to leave Skhumba alone. “Kaniyekeni uSkhumba tu,” Anele tweeted. “Bet you the same people out here wanting Skhumba’s head were the ones telling the SRC head to go wear a bra when the protests first started,” she added.

Fellow comedians, including David Kau, had Skhumba’s back during the row. David shared a video on Instagram of Skhumba lashing out at “haters” for not acknowledge the charity work he does for people in need of wheelchairs. He captioned the video

“WellDoneSkhumba167Wheelchairs”.

Loyiso Gola also took to Twitter, saying Skhumba is the funniest man he knows and he loves him.

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

After Kaya FM received complaints and requests to fire the comedian, a meeting was held between Skhumba and the station. Kaya FM’s head of programming, Neil Johnson, was quoted by an online publication saying, “We asked him to publicly apologise for his comments on air.

He understood the gravity of the situation and was apologetic. “We have acknowledged the complaints received against him and will treat these with due respect as signatories of the code of conduct of the BCCSA (Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South

Africa).

But Skhumba’s comments were made on his personal social media account and even though it has a knock-on effect on us‚ we don’t want to get involved any more than we think is necessary.” When contacted, Skhumba says, “I’d rather not talk about things that happened in the past. I’m now focusing on my upcoming one-man show.”