Hot91.9fm has fired presenter Sasha Martinengo after he referred to EFF leader Julius Malema as a ‘monkey’ on air.
The station’s managing director, Lloyd Madurai, said in a statement: “This morning an unfortunate and completely unacceptable incident took place during the Breakfast Show whereby, during the course of the broadcast, a reference was made by anchor presenter, Sasha Martinengo, who said “[A]nd people still listen to this monkey,” referring to Mr. Julius Malema.”
He said Martinengo had been removed from the station with immediate effect
“Notwithstanding the presenter’s immediate and unreserved apology, the station has forthwith elected to remove him from all involvement with the radio station with immediate effect. Furthermore, the station hereby issues a public apology to Mr. Malema and deeply regrets any adverse inference that the conduct of the presenter has had,” he said.
Martinengo said on his official Twitter account: “I’m sorry if I offended anyone,but I stand by what I said. Anyone, irrespective of their race, colour, creed , religion, gender who disrespects a woman is a monkey.”
I’m sorry if I offended anyone,but I stand by what I said.
Anyone, irrespective of their race, colour, creed , religion, gender who disrespects a woman is a monkey.
— Sasha Martinengo (@F1sasha) October 2, 2018
Twitter responded to the announcement:
Read this statement and check the comments for the number of white people who are angry that Sasha Martinengo was fired for calling Julius Malema a monkey & is unapologetic about it https://t.co/FlPfU4hIye
— Kick names, take ass (@Khuze_Elikhulu) October 2, 2018
Read your entire statement. Good call @LloydHot919 – decisive and brave action.
— Aplotrax (@Aplotrax) October 2, 2018