SABC, radio station out of tune over staff

2011-04-30 14:49

A legal war has erupted between the SABC and Limpopo regional commercial radio station, Capricorn FM, over presenter Khensani Nyango.

Capricorn programme manager Shonisani “Shabba” ­Muleya has hauled the SABC to court, accusing it of unprofessionalism and encouraging Nyango to breach her contract with Capricorn.

Tsakani Baloyi, the station manager of SABC Tsonga radio station Munghana Lonene, this week announced Nyango as part of the station’s line-up for the new season.

The return of veteran broadcaster Sydney Baloyi, who left Munghana a few years ago to pursue business interests, was also announced.“The other catch is Khensani Nyango, who has been poached from local competitors,” boasted Tsakani Baloyi.

A furious Muleya hit back days later, saying Nyango was still contracted to Capricorn FM until September.

He said the mid-morning show host had not reported for duty since the SABC’s ­announcement.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago accused Muleya of using the public broadcaster to gain cheap publicity.

“It would be unprofessional of Capricorn FM to blame the SABC. They must blame the person they have a contract with, not us,” Kganyago said.

But the SABC appeared to climb down on Friday.

In an email sent to Capricorn FM’s lawyers, the public broadcaster’s legal adviser, Thabo Maleka, said he had “advised” Munghana “not to brand and launch” Nyango at its planned function later that day.

However, Muleya said he was still proceeding with a high court interdict against the SABC to deal with the matter in its “entirety”.

The squabble over Nyango is the third altercation between SABC radio stations and ­Capricorn FM over the past two years. The stations have poached presenters Skhumbuzo Mbatha and Ike Ngobeni from each other.

Again, these poachings ­resulted in verbal wars.

Nyango could not be reached for comment.

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