THERE has been a huge outcry following the dismissal of popular Umhlobo Wenene FM presenter Reverend Mzukisi Faleni.
Listeners of the station were left shocked on Friday, 1 July after Reverend Faleni was fired by the station’s management. This after Faleni, who hosted the popular Imvuselelo and Ukholo Nengqiqo shows, joined Cape Town community radio station Zibonele FM while still freelancing for Umhlobo Wenene.
This apparently angered Umhlobo Wenene management and last month Faleni was served with a letter of suspension.
Following his sacking, there has been calls by Faleni’s fans on social media for him to be reinstated.
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Members of the EFF in the Eastern Cape are planning to march to the SABC offices in Gqeberha, where they’ll demand his reinstatement.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa also took to Facebook where he called on the powers-that-be to reverse their decision. Holomisa wrote: “Makabuye uRev Faleni. Freelancing is the SABC policy. We ask SABC management to review Bala’s decision, which seems to have been taken by himself alone.”
Meanwhile, Faleni told Daily Sun that he will issue a statement soon on the matter.
Ndileka Cola, head of SABC's Communications and Stakeholder Relations told Daily Sun: "Umhlobo Wenene management can confirm that the independent contractor agreement with Reverend Mzukisi Faleni has been terminated. This is due to a material breach of his freelance contract. To ensure Imvuselelo's continuity, Nomonde Vakalisa will step in as presenter until the programme's new structure is finalised."