‘No regrets,’ says Phat Joe

2009-11-12 14:10

GAUTENG’S loss will be Cape Town’s gain when controversial and

comedic radio personality Phat Joe (Majota Kambule) lets his lips loose on Heart

104.9FM’s Bokomo Hearty Breakfast show on weekdays.

Joe is set to get Capetonians grooving when his gig starts on

December 7, after making the move down south following his axing in October from

Gauteng-based Kaya FM for his comments over the Caster Semenya debacle.

Asked at the Heart 104.9FM press conference to announce his slot at

the station whether he regretted the Semenya comments that led to his dismissal,

Joe said: “No, because I opened the debate that many were too afraid to start

despite (them) wanting to.”

Although he went on to call the managing director of Kaya FM a

“coward, because he didn’t even have the guts to bring me the letter of

termination of contract” but left it to a subordinate while he was having lunch,

Joe said he had mixed feelings about leaving Kaya FM.

“I miss the people,” he said, but added there were “many problems”

at the station.

“So I believe I left at the right time. Or should I say got fired


Despite recent research showing Cape Town to be hostile to black

business, he said the Mother City was more liberal and open to diversity than


This was ideal for “opening up dialogue”, he said.

As to allegations that Cape Town was racist, he said: “I beg to


Having studied at the University of Cape Town, he has first hand

knowledge of the city.

“They (Capetonians) have the same issues as the rest of the

country, but it (racism) comes across since there are few black people in the

city and therefore the perception is that Gauteng is more integrated.

“It’s a bunch of nonsense,” he said, adding that different races

mixed together in Cape Town much more than they did in Gauteng where race groups

lived in their own enclaves.

While his fiancé had not yet joined him in the move to Cape Town,

he said she was making plans to study at Stellenbosch University and the move

would be a “new beginning”.

“There was life before Kaya and there will certainly be one after


Programme manager Vernon Adams said bringing Joe on board would

hopefully achieve more dialogue between Capetonians on many issues “that we shy

away from”. Adams said Joe would be flanked by sports anchor Nick Feinberg and

traffic anchor Julian Naidoo, both already listener favourites.

Heart 109.4FM Managing Director Gavin Meiring said the station was

“extremely excited” at Joe being on board as the station was “serious about

representing the richness and diversity of culture in the Mother City”.

“He is outspoken, witty, entertaining and will no doubt make sure

you get your dose of good laughs every morning.”

Phat Joe will be replacing Lee Downs who will be moving to the

Afternoon Drive show.

– West Cape News

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