Ukhozi FM listeners have sharply criticized uKhozi FM on social networks for supposedly showing favouritism in selecting the song of the year. This follows after Dj Tira’s Summertime was selected as the song of the year (2012) on uKhozi FM. Most people on Twitter and Facebook appear to have been expecting Dj Vetkoek & Mahoota’s via Orlando to be the song of the year.
Some people believed that Dj Sgqemeza had an influence in the selection of the song of the year since he and Dj Tira are known to be friends. To try and resolve the situation, Mandla Magwaza (Njinji) asked UKhozi FM’s Programme Manager Zandile Tembe to explain how the song of the year was selected. Tembe explained that the song of the year was determined by the number of votes it had. She said the top 5 songs had the following number of votes:
- Oskido – Tsa Mandebele : 38
- L’Vovo – Palesa : 512
- Professor – Fingerprints : 596
- Dj Vetkoek & Mahoota – Via Orlando : 1 874
- Dj Tira & Big Nuz featuring Joocy – Summertime : 3 356
Therefore, Summertime had 1482 more votes than Via Orlando. Clearly, it deserved to win. However, many people were still not convinced