JOHANNESBURG- Power FM announced on Wednesday, that it has ‘temporarily’ suspended JJ Tabane as host of the Power Perspective.
According to the station manager, Bob Mabena, Tabane was afforded the opportunity to appraise the station about the veracity of the allegations which were raised within the context of the ongoing debate around State Capture, linking him to alleged improper conduct emanating from his association with former Minister Faith Muthambi.
“Mabena specifically requested Tabane to clarify the allegations contained in Mr Chris Vick’s tweet on 03 September 2018 as well as his pronouncements and conduct in the subsequent interview that he and Mr Chris Vick participated in on the POWER Drive on Tuesday 04 September 2018″, said Power FM in a statement.
It is alleged that Tabane assured the Station Manager he had made full disclosure of all material facts pertaining to the matter.
“Nevertheless, on Wednesday 05 September, without prior warning to and approval from the Station Manager, Programme Manager or Executive Producer, Tabane deviated from the show format and dedicated the introduction of the show to his personal matters, extending an apology to Ms Phumla Williams for his own conduct, which he attributed to his then ambition and interests as well as those of Minister Faith Muthambi”.
Power FM said it views Tabane’s failure to make the foregoing material disclosures, as well as the utilisation of the programme for personal purposes, in a serious light.
“In light of all these developments, Power FM considered it prudent to suspend Mr JJ Tabane’s hosting of POWER Perspective, whilst it considers the implications of his conduct”.
“It is our desire that this matter be resolved expeditiously and Power FM will communicate its final position to the listeners and the public soon”, said Power FM.