Ukhozi FM DJ Khathide ‘Tshathugodo’ Ngobe, also known as MC Tshatha, has been suspended for an unknown amount of time after responding rudely to the station’s listeners on social media, Zulu newspaper Isolezwe reported on Monday.
It is reported that Ngobe responded inappropriately to some Facebook users who complained about Ukhozi FM’s failure to play the top ten songs of 2019 on New Year’s Eve and announce the song of the year, as voted by listeners.
In December, Ukhozi FM was prohibited by the court from announcing 2019’s song of the year or playing the vote-based top 10 due to a pending intellectual property case opened by the SABC’s former employee Owen Ndlovu. Ndlovu claims that the ranking of popular songs according to the number of votes they received was his idea and accuses the SABC of failing to pay him his dues. The case will go to court on February 10.
Many listeners were disappointed when South Africa’s largest radio station did not play the top 10 songs they expected to hear on New Year’s Eve. A number of people took to social media to express their disappointment at Ukhozi FM. While some blamed Tshatha, who co-hosted the last show of 2019 with Selby ‘Selbyonce’ Mkhize, others demanded refunds for their votes.
It is reported that instead of directing complaints to SABC officials who are authorised to speak on behalf of the station, an annoyed Ngobe responded in a manner that is unbecoming of a public figure, hurling insults at the complainants. This is said to have resulted in him being suspended.
The energetic dj is known to express himself without mincing his words or hiding his emotions on social media. Some of his recent interactions with his Facebook followers were captured by Daily Sun.
Ngobe is currently the most popular and busiest Ukhozi FM dj, hosting the station’s breakfast show Isidlo sasekuseni from 06:30 to 09:00 on weekdays and the traditional music show Sigiya Ngengoma from 9:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays.
Update: Tshatha returned to work on Monday, 20 January 2020.