Sol Phenduka breaks his silence on Kaya 959 breakfast show uproar

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  • Sol Phenduka has cleared the air about his role on the 959 Breakfast show, alongside Dineo Ranaka.
  • In an interview with Nkululeko n Cultr he said, "She is the main anchor, and I'm the co-anchor."
  • Earlier in the month, Ranaka came under fire for her alleged "disrespect" and "toxic behaviour" toward Phenduka.

Podcaster Sol Phenduka has broken his silence about his role on Kaya FM's 959 Breakfast show after his colleague Dineo Ranaka came under fire from social media users for allegedly ill-treating and side-lining him on the show.

"Roles are roles," he said in a YouTube interview with Nkululeko n Cultr. "She is the main anchor, and I'm the co-anchor."

Phenduka's remarks came after Ranaka came under fire for her behaviour in clips of their show posted on YouTube and her alleged display of "disrespect" and "toxic behaviour" earlier this month.

"If you've been following the show, you will hear that a lot has changed and things change, not because of, particularly the Twitter stuff, but because, naturally, that's where the show was going," he said. "It's radio; it's not free-formatted."

"I'm sure if Dineo and I had a podcast, for example, the complexion would be very different because we don't have those limits, but we're working with limits."

He added that he remained silent because "sometimes when things happen, you don't really want to go into them; you first want to let it simmer. Then, if you really want to, go back."

"People must give the show more time."

When Ranaka came under fire for her alleged behaviour, Kaya 959 promptly came to her defence. The station said the show's structure was that Ranaka was the main anchor and Phenduka the co-host and traffic reporter.

"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," Kaya 959 MD Sibongile Mtyali said at the time.

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