KZN based community radio station Intokozo FM was off air for a week after it was badly vandalised and looted during violent protests last week.
But on Tuesday night 20 July, the station was back on air.
Station manager, Mxolisi Ntanzi said equipment worth of thousands of rands was damaged. But with the assistance of stakeholders, including the eThekwini Municipality, things are back to normal.
“These looters broke into many shops in Mega City Shopping Mall (in Umlazi, south of Durban) where our radio station is. They also broke into our station and took a lot of equipment including our deck and microphones. They also damaged other equipment. We were hopeless. We thought we were finished but within a short time, we managed to replace everything that was stolen and damaged. We are now back and it’s a good feeling,” said Ntanzi.
He said they were not afraid the looters could come back because there’s was a huge visibility of the police at the shopping mall.
“We are safe, our DJs are safe. We are not scared, nothing bad will happen,” he said.
Breakfast show host, Sihle Sikhakhane said when he arrived at the radio station, he was surprised that things were normal.
“I was scared as I was preparing to go to work. But when I entered the shopping mall, I saw the police and the fear went away. It’s good to be back. I missed my listeners,” said Sihle, who co-host with Faith Ngidi.