5 FM exposed! Thando Thabethe reveals the shocking reason she resigned from 5 FM

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Media personality and radio DJ Thando Thabethe quickly became the only thing that social media users could talk about on Tuesday evening after she posted a lengthy thread detailing the real reason behind her surprise exit from the radio station.

In the lengthy social media post, Thando revealed that she learned that her show had been renewed for 2020 after meeting with the newly appointed programmes manager, Siyanda Fikelephi. She also explained that following this news, she asked for a R 200 increase per hour and two weeks off to shoot her hit TV show, House Keepers.

She explained that a few days later, she found out that her show had been axed. She said in part, “Fast foward the following Monday I hear that the Thabooty drive will be no longer as it doesn’t fit into the 2/5 year plan of the SABC. This info I hear from colleagues or people on my show.”

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Thando also explained that she was the last person on her show to find out that her show had been axed. She said in part; “Fast foward PM finally sits me down on the following Tuesday to tell me that the show doesn’t exist…plot twist…I then hear that the powers that be were told that I DEMANDED a 20% increase and 6 weeks leave.”

She added; “I to this day am not privy of why the show was given and days later taken from me, without notice. I believe I am not the first neither will I be the last to experience this by the SABC.”

After being offered the Sunday 4-7 am slot, she decided to resign. She said in part; “I have ploughed many hours into the work that I do, and found this an insult after 11 years on radio. I then proceeded to resign. The current line up at 5FM is not a representation of the diverse country that we live in.”

Here’s what she had to say.

On Friday 28 Feb I had a meeting with the PM who let me know that the show was renewed, as per our annual negotiations. I then tried to negotiate a raise of R200 an hour. At this point he had agreed for me to take 2 weeks leave to shoot housekeepers

Fast foward the following Monday I hear that the Thabooty drive will be no longer as it doesn’t fit into the 2/5 year plan of the SABC. This info I hear from colleagues or people on my show.

At this point I hear that the replacement of the show had already been notified and so had my current team mates. Note: I was the last to find out that my very own show no longer existed!!!

Fast foward PM finally sits me down on the following Tuesday to tell me that the show doesn’t exist…plot twist…I then hear that the powers that be were told that I DEMANDED a 20% increase and 6 weeks leave.

I to this day am not privy of why the show was given and days later taken from me, without notice. I believe I am not the first neither will I be the last to experience this by the SABC.

I was offered…wait for it…SUNDAYS 4-7am. I have ploughed many hours into the work that I do, and found this an insult after 11 years on radio. I then proceeded to resign. The current line up at 5FM is not a representation of the diverse country that we live in.

It’s also very easy to dub me as “demanding” to the powers that be in the hope that the truth doesn’t come out.

The truth eventually did come out, I was then offered my original slot back, which I declined, in the fear of being victimized by the very same ppl who wanted me gone to begin with.

Because I have been in this industry for a while and understand 100% that shows are shuffled and changed annually. My gripe is the lies told to me and about me for personal gains. I hope this never happens to anyone else. I know of many stories where artists are mistreated…

Because I have been in this industry for a while and understand 100% that shows are shuffled and changed annually. My gripe is the lies told to me and about me for personal gains. I hope this never happens to anyone else. I know of many stories where artists are mistreated…

And hope that others will be able to speak up when unfairly labeled and treated ❤️


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