Uproar over ‘snoring’ on air

2015-04-30 17:05
CHARLES LEKESI was allegedly heard snoring on live radio. The incident occurred while he was presenting a show.

CHARLES LEKESI was allegedly heard snoring on live radio. The incident occurred while he was presenting a show. Photo: Supplied

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THE woes of the troubled Qwaqwa community radio station, Qwaqwa Radio, continue.

The station has hit the headlines again, for all the wrong reasons.

In the latest scandal to rock the station, veteran presenter Charles Lekesi was allegedly heard snoring on live radio after falling asleep while presenting a show from 06:00 on Saturday, 4 April.

Lekesi was also allegedly drunk when he showed up to present the Hlwaya Tsebe show, which deals with family values.

Several listeners took to various social networks to voice their displeasure at this turn of events.

According to angry listeners, the show started an hour late, with the first sign of trouble being the out-dated recording of a preacher played to welcome the listeners.

One of the listeners, who asked that they not be named out of fear of victimisation, told Express that he was awake at the time when the presenter started the show.

“He played a song after the preaching.

After the song the radio was quiet. I thought the electricity had gone off.

“I was shocked when I heard him snoring. We were forced to listen to that for about 35 minutes, until Nontokozo Tshabalala came on at 07:00 to read the news.”

Dibuseng Peleha was called in to save the radio from more shame.

Peleha then took over the show, while fuming listeners took to social media where they voiced different views about the incident.

Some even went to the extent of demanding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) be held, as they claimed that the station had lost its purpose and value.

According to some comments, the station has not had an AGM since the controversial elective AGM that was held in March 2013.

That AGM was preceded by financial maladministration allegations and was followed by the dismissal of over ten presenters and newsreaders.

When contacted for comment a defiant Lekesi dismissed the allegations, saying he was not at work on that day.

“It is not true that I slept during the show. I was not even at work that day. I don’t even know who was doing the show that day.”

He said maybe people had made those comments based on the knowledge that he was supposed to have been on air at that time.

He also denied that he was currently suspended.

Even though Lekesi denied that he had been suspended, an insider confirmed to Express that it was announced in a meeting he would be suspended until further notice.

Social media comments

Mshege Carly Don Mphosi posted a status that reads: “Hai, this Qwaqwa Radio should be closed?#useless.

“Can’t you hear that mzala is snoring on air? He is sleeping. Yesterday we went there to submit some things and the radio was nowhere to be found,” he said in response to another comment.

Mamojuda Judasjudee Motaung posted: “When is the AGM coming, because it’s April? I want to voice some of the things (concerns).’

) Late last year a mysterious fire apparently broke out at the station and destroyed the building, consuming half of the Mandela Park Shopping Centre.

McDonald Mokoena (32) was arrested and charged with arson for burning down half of the shopping centre in which the radio station is situated.

He was declared a state patient and referred to the Free State Psychiatric Complex in Bloemfontein. He was diagnosed with a mental disorder.

) Phelekoa Mpono, the station manager, could not be reached for comment. Do you still enjoy listening to Qwaqwa Radio?

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