Linda Sibiya Press Conference Leaves Questions Unanswered


By Staff Writer    06-Feb-2014 09:48 UTC+02:00
Linda 'Mr Magic' Sibiya will have time to focus on his tv show after being fired from Ukhozi FM. Image: Twitter

Linda ‘Mr Magic’ Sibiya will have time to focus on his tv show after being fired from Ukhozi FM. Image: Twitter

 

On Wednesday Linda Sibiya (Mr Magic) held a press conference at the Durban City Hall, where he was expected to reveal the reason(s) for his dismissal from uKhozi FM. There was great anticipation for the conference since it had been reported that Mr Magic would reveal the station’s dark secrets. Last week he had said Bonga Mpanza, the station manager, knew why he fired him. However, many people were disappointed when he did not give juicy details about the station’s internal affairs at the conference. Many questions still remain unanswered.

Nevertheless, the conference brought several facts to light. One of them is that Mr Magic was not fired for supporting the ANC. When the news about Mr Magic’s dismissal broke last week, it was speculated that he was fired because of his support for the the ruling party. Later it was rumoured that he had conflicts with the station’s management. Lastly, it was reported that he was facing charges of corruption.

According to the information we have so far, we believe that the charges of fraud and corruption for which Mr Magic is being investigated are the main reason for his axing.

Edcon Sponsorship

Mr Magic’s company, Magic Communications allegedly received a sponsorship of R1.8 million from Edcon, apparently using the name of the SABC to deceitfully encourage Edcon to sponsor them. Edcon sponsored them under the impression that they were working in collaboration with the SABC. Magic Communications was supposed to use the money to organize an event to honour Ukhozi FM legends. However, this event did not happen and no money was received by the SABC.

Julie Mbambo, speaking on behalf of Magic Communications, told Isolezwe newspaper that Edcon did give them sponsorship amounting to a total of R1.8 million. Mbambo said initially, Edcon gave them R600 000 to organize the above-mentioned event. Issues started when their company asked Ukhozi FM to support the event. The station’s management did not want to associate itself with it, and so it never happened. They then requested permission from Edcon to use the money to visit a school Mr Magic used to attend at Showe. This event took place and was also attended by Bonga Mpanza.

Later, Edcon sponsored Magic Communications with R1.2 million to help them organize the Magic Tour, an annual event where Mr Magic, accompanied by local artists, visits tertiary institutions to entertain and motivate students. Mbambo said that’s the only money Magic Communications received from Edcon and believes is what landed Mr Magic in hot water.

Affiliation with the ANC

As mentioned above, Mr Magic’s association with the ANC doesn’t seem to be what cost him his job. Last week it was rumoured that he was on the ANC’s parliamentary candidate list. He also confused us by expressing his support for the ruling party on Twitter. We thought he had been offered a position within the ANC.  However, this is not the case. He told Ilanga newspaper that he is not on the candidate list of any political party and when he is on air he leaves everything behind and focus on being a Dj.

Mr Magic still doesn’t know who terminated his contract between the SABC and Ukhozi FM. The contract termination letter has an SABC sign and Bonga Mpanza’s signature.

The Communication Workers Union of KwaZulu-Natal is not happy with the way Mr Magic was dismissed and wants to overturn the SABC/Ukhozi FM’s decision to fire him. It believes that the right procedures were not followed. However, the SABC maintains that the right procedures were followed and says Mr Magic may take the matter to the CCMA if he feels that he was dismissed unfairly.

Currently, Mr Magic works as a tv presenter and motivational speaker. His show, S’funukwazi, airs on Thursdays from 18:30 to 19:00 on Mzansi Magic. Although some listeners have come to terms with his departure from Ukhozi FM, millions of his fans want him to be reinstated. Mr Magic said his dismissal came as a shock to him. He didn’t see it coming. He said he loves Ukhozi FM and would take his job back if he was given another chance. If the Communication Workers Union manages to overturn his dismissal, perhaps Mr Magic will be heard on air again in future.


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  1. Zikode says:

    Ukhozi fm cha luyabhora manje ngoba sekujwayelekile kuthi ekseni Linda aftrnoon sgqemeza later bheka mncunu that’s a killing combannation

  2. Lola says:

    It is not over Mr Magic

  3. dg says:

    eish zikode uqinisile aluve seli bhora shm umpanza akayzi into ayenzayo kumele ambuyise u mr magic

  4. thandiwe says:

    Kwaze kwaba kubi ke okwenzeke okhozini sikude ukujwayela kuyi morning breakfast show bese simjwayele uMr magic

  5. saiwane khumalo says:

    Ukhozi fm will neva eva be the same without Mr Magic, noma ningathanda kaanjani ngeke nisvale ispace sika Magic

  6. Mzomuhle Thoba says:

    Bekani umoya phansi uzobuya u mr magic

  7. Qwabe Gumede, Scelo says:

    Aybo phela bengivuka ngayo lendoda for inspiration ekuseni. Akabuye siyacela…

  8. No name says:

    Kahle kahle wempanza ndini uyayazi into oyenzayo usbanga mooo lesidina ekbeni ubuvele unaso

  9. Thandaza says:

    Awu libhora ngempela ukhozi Mr magic wena ubuyikhonke ekhozi ivuka mnzansi ibikufanela n the other 1 u use 2 do ya afternoon nayo it was….. Sitokukhula Mr magic

  10. no name says:

    Ukhozi will loose lots of listeners, this is a matter of management, mpanza yu are requested to rectify the issue for the sake of Ukhozi FM

  11. bhekumuzi says:

    uBonga mpanza ubuyisela ukhozi emuva ,umxosha kanjani uLinda engakatholakali enecala ingabe mayb uyabona ukuthi lesikhundla sakho angase asithathe oneday

  12. Mbele mc says:

    Viva ngoSibiya viva phasi ngoMpanza phansi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Mamzila says:

    Ayiii cha akabuye ngeke luya bhora ukhozi boo

  14. BUHLE MKHUNGO says:

    TJO BAKWE2 IYAKHUMBULEKA I VUKA BREAK FAST YA MR MAGIC SYACELA ABUYELE OKHOZINI NENGANE MAYONILE IYAXOLELWA SONKE SYONA NGEZINDLELA EZINGAFANI AKABUYE BOH BANDLA

  15. Nozi says:

    Uyabhora uSqhemeza shame,sifuna ivoice ka Linda

  16. mdingi S.C says:

    No gets lets just leave this matter to mr Magic and their employers thina silalele lowo mntu simnikiweyo coz they are all gud. And also yonke into inesikhathi sayo according to the bibl.

  17. sne says:

    i dnt understand why Linda was fired,ths is so boring nj

  18. Wandile wanx gebashe says:

    Ngbathanda bonke abasakazi bokhozi FM kodwa bengafisa ukuthi umfoka sotobe ubhuti linda sbiya abuyele endaweni yakhe kanjalo no dj sgqhemeza abuyele endaweni yakhe……..sfunda lkhulu klamadoda manje manga seniwaphungula kfana noma niphungula ulwazi lwethu…..abanye bethu abanabo obaba kodwa banabo ngalamadoda….plz SABC noma khozi fm..bring him bck

  19. Anonymous says:

    Uma Ulinda sbiya ebuya ingathi engabuya no Sthembiso Zondo

  20. sipho vumase says:

    Ulinda sbiya uma ebuya ingathi engabuya no Sthembiso Zondo

  21. NM says:

    Mmm lwaze lwabhora ukhozi fm akabuye bo uLinda

  22. Nokwanda says:

    Akabuye bakit uLinda beno S’the akekho oyovala iskhala sabo

  23. Sfiso says:

    Akabuye bakwethu usotobe plz ankel bonga

  24. Shadrack “Palazo” Sibisi says:

    Cha nami ngithi umfoka Sotobe akabuye siya mkhumbula bo. Banga mxosha kanjani uMr Magic,he’s innocent until proven guilty. Bekufanele benze uphenyo kuqala ngaphambi kokuthi axoshwe. Isikhala sakhe siyabonakala. USgqemeza naye uyayenza into yakhe, kodwa ukahle kulo hlelo lwa ntambama hayi ekuseni.

  25. Zimele says:

    They spent R600 000 to visit a school? I wonder what they did with the money…

  26. Sbu says:

    Ukhozi ngalwazi ngokhansas.ngaluthanda ngenxa kaLinda so plz.buyisani uMagic nizoluza abalaleli

  27. Lindi sibeko says:

    Yo ayijwayeleki ivoice yasqemeza ekseni, akubuye umr magic . Izwi lakhe liyakuphaphamisa ekseni, uvuka unomdlandla

  28. Bongani says:

    U Mr magic wone ngokuzi bandakanya ne political party and we all know that politics is dirty game and we all sign ama contracts emsebenzini ashoyo ukuthi we do not say or do things dat will japadise their image. He should just apologize and claim his job back although some ppl can set u up in the work place possibly someone is behind his down fall, kodwa unkulunkulu owaziyo.

  29. amygo says:

    I need mr magic back.to hell wit u Mpanza u dnt knw wat yu doing.he’s been a great inspiration to d youth of today.miss yu Sotobe hope to hear u sOOn

  30. Thabo says:

    Kwahleni uLinda uyalunga ubese ezithwele kakhulu, loku akutholile kumufanele. wadlala ngendoda yabantu imuthanda uZondo. Nezinyembezi zabafana laba ababhebha abashiye seziyakhuluma

  31. Jobe says:

    Mina angimuzweli ubuhlungu. Yazi mawubhebha ingane zabantu uzidabula iminsinsila utabanga ukuthi kumunandi mawuqeda uzishiye. Bangaki nje abafana ababhebha ebathembisa izinto mayeqeda wangazingcina izithembiso zakhe. Mayeqeda aye kumfazi wakhe, Lapho wena kubuhlundu indunu. Uthole okumufanele futhi okunye kuseza.

  32. thabiso nduku says:

    mxm maning ama fans asokhozin azobaleka ngoba engsekho ulinda we want hm back

  33. ayanda says:

    Luzojwayeleka nje uKhozi without Linda ngani nangakhathi kuhamba u Sthembiso Zondo lwajwayeleka

  34. Mthobisi Ngubo Dambuza PMB says:

    Akaxolelwe ngabe kuqala ngaye yini ukona lufile ukhozi uma kunje bring back linda.

  35. visheka says:

    Abalandeli bazale behle kancane kancane okhozini FM ngoba abasaluthandi langakithi yeyi anibuyise u magic maningafuni ukungena ehlazweni. Abalaleli benyuka kancane kodwa mese behla bazehla kube yihlazwana!

  36. zodwa says:

    kahleni bakithi, yini pho uMr Magic angathembeki ngempela, kungani engasawakhiphanga amaqiniso ngo Khozi fm, okusho ukuthi ubenamanga ubezitshela ukuthi uMpanza uzotatazela enze ushitsho ngokumxosha kwakhe.

  37. noluvo says:

    Hai bakithi makabuye ulinda akekho omunye umuntu ongavala isikhala sikalinda mxoleleni bo no jesu wasixolela izono zethu kube kuncono if benim sayinise I warning

  38. Sdumile says:

    Hai xem mr mpanza u mesed up big tym.why mara,i know dic man ngkhule ngayo i staterd 2 listn linda in 2000 dats yr i waz statng high skul, he insired me a lot,wht ever isue u hav wth him plz sort it out we need him

  39. Nqoba says:

    Mr magic umkhumbi ohambayo dibana nezimo bt uma kune-part okumele uyidlale la ngoba kuya counta ukuthi uma ubhekana nezimo ubeka yiphi attitude etafuleni.thn wathi fire wt fire kubhubha izinto,awukaqedi oKhozin nawe ufakazi kwaaa!indoda enombono ayipheli amandla uma encipha buyela kowakwenza uThixo akuphe amasha n run ur rase.Mr Mpanza noma kwenzeken bt uxolo luyadingeka lungise njengamadoda n niyadingana

  40. Anonymous says:

    Linda we love u there is no one hu cn take ur space u heal us whn we fil pain,u motivate us whn we fil down,ugave us hop n faith,utold us hw to deal wth challenges of lyf,hw can idescribe u sir?u are everythng wthout u ukhozi alulutho luzowa bhu phansi,mpaza brng linda bck we realy nid hm.

  41. Ncane Mthembu says:

    Kodwa ngo Sibiya bakithi.

  42. mavura mcusi says:

    Bonga mpanza have poor management mr magic will be back guys

  43. Zim says:

    Buya mr magic ukhozi alusiyonto ngapandle kwakho.

  44. unkwn says:

    Asozwela bo nathi bakwe2nithi siyikhunge coz abanye be2basaphila nje kunamhlanje ile ndoda ebisivuselelisa ithemba tnx2u a lot mr mpanza wth our bradaz nd sisters wu ddnt mkit trugh dis year bcos of as I’m spikin we r gwn2burie sum1tomoro she poisaned her bcos she’s bin trugh a lot bt I hpe myb if linda was stl on air sh wld hve second thots bt we’ll itz dne

  45. mvatsha mthetheleli says:

    Kodwa mpanza wathathwaphi uhlulwa ukucabanga nje umuntu umxosha kanjani ungenabo ubufakazi?uLinda simfuna ebuyile okhozi fm

  46. Zet says:

    Hamba Sibiya u’ve done enuf damage already kwakubuhlungu ugxotha uZondo hamba nawe. Uthanda imali too much & uzibona ungcono kunabo bonke abanye abasasazi kanti uyazifanela nje nabo. Big-up Bonga Mpanza u r such a cool & intelligent young man. I was happy to see u in Kokstad ku-vutha mlilo. Hamba Linda akukho secrets zanto apho uzama nje ukulwa impi ongeke uyiwine. Why did u become corrupt?

  47. Thembi says:

    Mina ngifuna u Bhut Linda please.

  48. Anonymous says:

    akubuyiswane noZondo abuye ngokugcwele.

  49. Luzuko says:

    We lv u Linda nd we ve missed u pls come back

  50. Mdu says:

    UMpanza uzos’nyanyisa manje umangabe akaboni. USotobe usebenzile kanzima uKhozi futhi angakhohlwa ukuthi olwabantu uKhozi.

  51. Menzi Ntshangase baba kaNka says:

    Hi balandeli bokhozi nawowonke umzansi cha lenda yes siyayiva Mara yona I decision ebayithathile with my own understanding kuningi abakufihlayo esingakwazi thina balaleli. So lendaba yabo ifuna bayilungise coz Ukhozi akusi lwabaphathi olomphakathi so I decision abayenzayo kimele bacabangele balandeli coz olwabantu bengaveli benze n uLinda Sibiya dala ephila nabantu akafikimanje so abalungise lento abuye asali noma enze something sabantu amaphutha siyawenza so lento abayenzile ayifani noKhozi abatshegisi ubuntu n I know kithi bamdlela umona coz bayabona kuthi uzogcina mybe ephethe so lento sebethola indlela bazomwisa ngayo. Namanje lento itshegisa kuthi abantu abanalo iqiniso ngokona kanye suyaxhoshwa no ayisebenzinjalo no kwabona labaphathi bayawenza maphutha basazowenza mara lokho akusho kuthi sekumele baxoshwe. Ngamafuphi ababuyise uS’biya balungise indaba zabo njengokhozi thanks

  52. Cindy says:

    I never bother by listening to ukhozi FM, I now 100% prefer Morning Live. Wher wud b cnfused btwn the 2! Linda open ur own radio station its a sign of ur destination.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Cha uSotobe akabuye,weMpanza lento oyenzile kufana nokupheka inyama yenkomo ungafaki tswyi ungafaki spice,kuduma

  54. Anonymous says:

    Buyisani uMr Magic,nami ngibuyele ngilalele uKhozi.

  55. Unonymous says:

    Mr Magic uzakhile izimpilo zethu ngisho umuntu enenkinga if kungena wena ubukhulima engthi uyayazi iproblem yami,siyakudinga ndoda

  56. Sharon says:

    Mina shem angisalulaleli ukhozi njengoba engasekho nje uMr Magic. the breakfast show is just not the same without him, iqiniso lelo naye umpanza uaykubona lokho

  57. Zandy says:

    Aybo akabuye ulinda mpanza sifuna ulinda ngale kwalokho uzolahlekelwa amalaleli shame wena sdwedwe

  58. ps says:

    Please ubhuti linda no mr zondo both bring them back thy re inspire ring us & is hard to accept it*

  59. mkhize says:

    Akabuye usotobe Mr mpanza nami angisezwa kahle ngaphandle kwakhe umfo kaMbatha uyibambile kodwa khona la angafiki khona

  60. Anonymous says:

    kodwa linda sibiya wenkosi kazi wenzeni lamanje angiyikholwa lento bt plz we mis u

  61. nkosiyenzile zikode ,NPG says:

    Cha akabuye bo u mlidos akekho umuntu 0vala isikhala somuntu bonke abasakazi sithola izeluleko ezinhle kubo.

  62. king prince says:

    poor jealousy, it was Pastor Zondo now its Linda !
    whos next?? it must the bloody Mpanza

  63. Ntombi @ pta says:

    Shoo niluhlambalazile ukhozi ngokuxosha uLinda asiselutho thina maZulu kweminye imisakazo.

  64. Mbali says:

    Sicela u Mpanza alalele abalandeli. uma kungenjalo sizoyeka ukulalela uKhozi…alusezu kuhamba phambili manje. sicela u Linda abuye noma ngabe wenzeni sizomamukela mayexolisa. sonke siyawenza amaphutha and into asifundise yona ukuthi impilo iyaqhubeka. uma uKhozi lungambuyisi akavule his own radio station sizimlandela

  65. zenzele Mthimkhulu says:

    indlela abenze ngayo ngathi bebe mcuphile.sicela bambuyise

  66. Nono says:

    Magic nna I behind you all the way nd God is great angeke baphumelele honestly lo Mpanza wakhona ,he’s jelousing you Sotobe.Angeke uvele uxoshwe ungakaze uthole iwarning yodwa le.Bonga Mpanza if ur clever enough buyisa uLinda toe otherwise amalisteners azokwehla shame

  67. Njabulo Ngwazi says:

    I will always mic le ndoda emsakazwen. UKhozi will never be thw same without Sotobe.

  68. sandallo says:

    ayyyy ngek umunt akaskwaz nokthol i inspiretion eksen jst bcoz ankwaz uklungisa izinto.plz do ur bst nge investigation cz syamfun lomunt b
    ck

  69. Anonymous says:

    Ayingeke lusazobhora strong

  70. syabonga says:

    Realy seluyazbhedela nje

  71. Anonymous says:

    namanje lusa bora akuna change nje o khozini.noma bangaze bafake abasakazi.abawu 4 angeke bavale iskhala sika Mr Magic shame sohlala sikukhumbula siyakuthanda sotobe

  72. Anonymous says:

    ngampela yazi ngibalale nje sengize ngithi wothi ngivule. i Jozi fm. ngoba ayikho lento noma sebewu2 kuyafana. nje luyabhora nje one way.ngidumele nawukuthi lihlulwe umhlobo wenene fm.shuthi bahambile abalaleli. kusele labo abanganawo ama raid stations abangashintshela kuwo

  73. thelma ndaba says:

    linda buya pls we mic yr vioce ukhozi aluyilutho ngaphandle kwakho.

  74. Anonymous says:

    Let him go He expelled Zondo thinking uyi motivational speaker alibelokhu esitshela into eyodwa njalo yokuthi wayethengisa estimeleni “”get out come out you blady corrupt.

  75. zikode. says:

    Linda Sibiya (Mr Magic) is doing very well at Vuma Fm 103, a gospel music radio. It’s a young station and is growing very fast! Listen to him from 6.00h to 9.00h every morning, from Mon to Friday. He’s good!

  76. Dudula Ndaba says:

    Luyabhora uKhozi kakhulu manje! Kungcono zona iziteshi zomphakathi (Community Radio stations).

  77. Diva says:

    Ja neh uyakhumbuleka mr magic xeim

  78. Anonymous says:

    Kwakushubile la pho ke akukho okungadluli impilo iqhubekele phambili namuhla loMr Magic wenza izimanga kwi Vuma

  79. anonymous says:

    ukhozi iz boring xem nd linda iz duing wel in vuma yooo to hell with iu mpanza ave unenhliziyo embi

  80. Ras says:

    I don’t listen to ukhozi totally boring I miss real ukhozi fm I listened Joshua Mlaba Malindi Cansas so on till Lucky Sefatsa Sbonga Nzuza Mr Magic oh that was end of radio for me

  81. Aaron Damane says:

    Eish yah neh. Kodwa ngo Mr Magic.

  82. Anonymous says:

    The fact that he threatened to spill the beans about UKhozi fm secrets and ended up not doing so is because there were no secrets of course. Menemene tekel u farsin

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