Tbo Touch falls foul of Metro FM’s rules

2015-03-29 15:00

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Metro FM suspended a second DJ, Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe, this week following the uproar over Sibusiso “DJ Sbu” Leope last week.

City Press understands the national broadcaster, SABC, took the action after Leope and “his people” questioned why Molefe had not been suspended for punting his own commercial products, as well as American boxer Floyd Mayweather, on his drive-time show a few weeks ago. Molefe was not on air for a few days last week. Molefe’s main brand, which he has promoted on air, is called Touch Lifestyle, which includes condoms, Touch Mobile Money and fragrances.

Metro FM PR and communications manager Happy Ngidi told City Press yesterday Molefe had not been put on the station’s schedule. But she refused to say when he would return to the schedule. “It’s an employer and employee situation. But he will appear again on the line-up,” Ngidi said, before hanging up.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told City Press he wasn’t aware of Molefe’s suspension.

“I don’t know anything. Nobody told me anything,” Kganyago said.

Molefe did not confirm nor deny the suspension. “I’m in the middle of my contract negotiations. As you will know, April 1 marks our new fiscal year.”

Drama erupted last week after Leope tweeted a mock cover of Forbes magazine featuring him holding a can of his MoFaya energy drink, causing Forbes to release a statement accusing the DJ of trademark infringement and misrepresentation.

The magazine took legal steps against Leope for the “unauthorised” use of its trademark, brand and logo, but on Wednesday accepted his defence that he did not create the cover. It did, however, hold him responsible for the “endorsement” of the image on social media when he posted and retweeted it without a disclaimer, creating “confusion among our readers”.

The drama this week drew in the National African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) after it questioned why Molefe had not got into trouble for allegedly promoting his brands.

The national president of Nafcoc, Chuma Shweni, contended it was “unfair. Other people utilise the same platform, but they don’t get suspended,” Shweni said. “Why [the] double standard?”

Meanwhile, Leope was finally served with a notice of dismissal this week.

Speaking to City Press yesterday, Leope said he respected the decision and thanked Metro FM and the SABC for the opportunity they had given him.

“I’m ready to start a new chapter and, more than anything, I’m looking forward to spending time with my daughter,” Leope said.

He said this was not the end of the road for him. “I have a few offers on the table, but I haven’t decided which one I should take,” he said.

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