Jacaranda FM hosts Tumi Morake and Martin Bester will face a Broadcasting Complaints Commission hearing on October 18th, for alleged misconduct.
The station attracted a huge amount of complaints during the breakfast show last month. When discussing life in post-apartheid South Africa, Morake expressed her view that life still isn’t very fair for non-whites in the country.
The problem is, she used a very contentious analogy to put that point across. She compared white people to bullies, and claimed it was unfair that black people ‘must treat white people equally’ after 1994:
“It’s like a child whose bicycle was taken forcefully away from him. Then you say to the bully, ‘no, no, no, share the bike together, don’t be like that’.”
The resulting fallout was nuclear. More than 30,000 Facebook members joined a group to boycott Jacaranda FM. One of the station’s oldest advertising partners pulled the plug on a R100,000 marketing deal. Debate raged across the country.
Morake made the comments to Martin Bester, who agreed and supported her. The furore has been fierce enough to convince the BCC to set up a hearing into their conduct.
The pressure has been intense on the station, who have given their backing to Morake and her rights to free speech. Trade union group Solidarity began the #TooFarTumi campaign, and gave a memorandum to JFM explaining their grievances.
“We think Tumi Morake misused the platform… You can’t say you are a DJ and then speak in your personal capacity on a radio station on a morning show with your name [sic], it does not work like that.”
They met with the radio station for a resolution, but couldn’t get one. Morake bravely stood by her words, but encouraged people in SA to engage in these ‘tough conversations’. Solidarity eventually declared both parties had ‘agreed to disagree’.
In the spirit of free speech and opinions, we want to know what your take on the Tumi Morake saga is. Is she embodying South African values, or did she overstep the mark? Let us know in our Facebook comments section.