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Tuesday, May 25 2004

Vol 17 No.090








  • Money/Market

  • Industry

  • Insurance

  • NNEWI Economic Submit

  • New Page 17

    S. African radio DJs sanctioned over joke on Obasanjo

    ABIODUN FELIX, Osogbo, and agency reports

    TWO presenters on South African radio station, Highveld Stereo, were last week suspended for seven days without pay for "irresponsible" remarks about President Olusegun Obasanjo during President Thabo Mbeki’s inauguration late last month.

    According to the online publication www.nigeriamasterweb.com, the radio station’s Manager, Mr. Mr. Ravi Naidoo, said the presenters, Messrs Revin John and Lloyd de Bruin were taken off air "with immediate effect" and without pay for one week.

    Naidoo said he viewed the remarks about Obasanjo "in a very serious light". "The suspension of both presenters was made after an internal enquiry," he said. John and De Bruin occupy the 19:00 to 22:00 shot, Mondays to Fridays on the station.

    The 94.7 Highveld Stereo is a regional South African radio which has come a long way in the past few years and is popular in the bubbling city of Johannesburg.

    The two presenters have also apologised on air for the remarks.

    "We hereby unresevedly apologise for making these irresponsible comments," the two presenters said in a statement read on air.

    "They were spontaneous and not thought out. No malice was intended. We hereby also unreservedly apologise to the Nigerian President and his government," they added.

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