While many South Africans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the disease has saved Power FM radio presenter Pabi Moloi's job.
Moloi was yanked off air for insulting a listener and was given a final written warning thanks to the intervention of Power FM MD Leslie Ntloko.
A radio employee, who didn't want to be named for fear of reprisal, said that Moloi was called into a meeting last week by management , where she was given a written warning for her on-air blooper.
During the meeting, the sheepish Moloi allegedly told her bosses that she has ill-treated the listener because she was not well and was not in good pace.
Pabi then apologised unreservedly and pleaded for forgiveness.
It has however been noted that Ntloko pleaded with the management not to fire her as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa's call for companies to preserve jobs during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
"The expectation was that she was going to be relieved of her job a as a result of the things she said on air at the time. But after Ramaphosa' call for companies not to shed jobs, Ntloko intervened and pleaded with management not to fire her but give her a final written warning", said the radio employee.
She was told to apologise to the station, her colleages, Power FM listeners and South Africans at large for her unethical on-air behaviour
Two other employees also alleged that Moloi was incoherent on air and also humiliated a caller and told her to stop talking without full stops and commas in his sentences.
"That was so embarrassing and humiliating. From there the station manager and Leslie Ntloko were flooded with phone calls from the listeners asking if Pabi was drunk or if she was sick.
" Some demanded that she be fired from her job for bringing the station into disrepute," said one of the employees.
Ntloko confirmed that Moloi was given a written warning and has already resumed her duties.
She apologised for her omission, which apology was accepted. She also
apologised to the listeners and South Africans
Pabi could not be reached for comment