DJ drops K-bomb

2011-09-08 00:00

DARREN Scott has resigned — both as presenter on Jacaranda 94.2 and as key anchor during this month’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) for SuperSport — after calling a colleague the k-word on Friday.

The colleague, Africa Tshoaedi, was at the receiving end of Scott’s sharp tongue because Tshoaedi had allegedly failed numerous times to pay back money that Scott had on several occasions lent him.

The tongue-lashing began at a bar at the Mabula Lodge near Bela-Bela (Warmbad) where Jacaranda 94.2 had its annual team building exercise.

An independent witness said Scott shouted loudly at Tshoaedi, calling him the k-word over and over while bystanders tried to silence him.

A livid Scott called Beeld yesterday and said he had resigned from the radio station and television channel. Advocate Les Morison, Scott’s legal representative, said that after the angry call Scott was tearful and very sorry for yelling at a Beeld reporter.

Morison said Tshoaedi had made no attempt over a long period to repay the amounts he borrowed from Scott and their relationship soured accordingly.

“After a work function … people were meeting and drinking at a bar. The colleague [Tshoaedi] joined the group and Scott told him people who don’t pay their debts were not welcome.

“He [Tshoaedi] then left, but returned later. Scott saw this as provocation and used strong language —  calling him [Tshoaedi] the k-word.”

Jacaranda 94.2 informed Scott on Monday that the matter is being investigated.

The management has called both employees to order and there is now reportedly no bad feelings between the two.

Tshoaedi did not want to comment.

Morison said Scott is under a lot of pressure stemming from his public responsibilities.

“After what happened he is falling apart. He feels very sorry. He is not normally a person who does these types of things.”

Morison said Scott was plainly gutted by the incident and his main regret is not having enough time to explain what happened.

Scott complained to Beeld yesterday that he did not have enough time to explain his side of the story. Beeld yesterday sent its first message to Scott at 14:42.

Morison said Scott is emotionally exhausted and and will withdraw for an indefinite period from his duties.

Scott would have been SuperSport’s principal anchor in South Africa during the RWC matches, which start tomorrow.

Presenters Peter Davies and Neil Andrews will take over Scott’s SuperSport duties for the tournament. SuperSport spokesperson Clinton van der Berg said it is not clear when Scott will again appear on television.

A spokesperson for Jacaranda 94.2, Jenny Griesel, said the radio station’s management has already started discussing changing the Just Plain Breakfast programme with its production team.

The management is not sure whether it will continue to air the breakfast programme, she said.

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