Kaya 959 responds to Dineo Ranaka social media backlash

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Dineo Ranaka and Sol Phenduka.
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  • Kaya 959 has defended Dineo Ranaka against criticism about her treatment of her co-host Sol Phenduka. 
  • According to the station, Ranaka is the main anchor of the 959 Breakfast show. 
  • Ranaka and Phenduka's first show aired in July.  

Radio station Kaya 959 has defended its 959 Breakfast show anchor Dineo Ranaka against allegations of ill-treatment and side-lining of her co-host Sol Phenduka.  

"The structure of 959 Breakfast is that Dineo Ranaka is the main anchor and Sol Phenduka is the co-host and traffic reporter," Kaya 959 MD Sibondile Mtyali said in a press statement.

"We are aware that a female lead anchor on a breakfast show is unusual in the SA radio landscape, but we have full confidence in both Dineo and Sol's talent and their ability to navigate the dynamics of the show."

The radio station's comments come following criticism about the reality TV star's behaviour towards Phenduka in clips of their show posted on YouTube.

According to an open letter from listeners to the station posted on social media, Ranaka is accused of displaying "disrespectful" and "toxic behaviour". 

In a video circulated on social media, Phenduka is seen raising his hand at least twice in an attempt to speak.

The station announced that Ranaka and Phenduka were the newest members of their "growing family" in June. Their first show aired in July. 

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