SABC reinstates Pearl Thusi

By Drum Digital
23 March 2016

After reports that television personality, Pearl Thusi begged SABC to for her job back, it has been been revealed that they have reinstated her.

By Khosi Biyela

Pearl was co-hosting SABC 1’s music show, Live Amp and the METRO FM radio show, The Real Phat which she was co-hosting with Phat Joe. The duo was suspended following allegations that they always take a swipe at Bonang Matheba who has become Pearl’s nemesis.

It was further alleged that Pearl was then fired from Metro FM after she resigned from Live AMP music show to join Mnet’s, Lip Sync Battle Africa. According to a statement released by the SABC Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, “In order for us to compete effectively, I have instructed management to ensure consistent application of the SABC’s directive regarding On-Air talent working for direct competitors.”

He further said, “To this end and with due regard to the circumstances relating to the termination of Ms. Pearl Thusi’s contract with the SABC, the corporation resolved to reinstate Ms. Thusi’s services as an On-Air Personality. In this particular instance the directive was not applied consistently and appropriate action will be considered.”

Hlaudi said as a public service broadcaster, the SABC remains committed to the fair treatment of all its On-Air talent. However, Pearl indicated that she is happy about re-joining the public broadcaster. “I am happy to be back at the SABC, an organization that has provided me with a great foundation to allow me to progress within the industry”.

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