JOHANNESBURG- Newzroom Afrika TV news channel has suspended the popular late night show Your View and its host Onkgopotse JJ Tabane for making “disparaging” comments about the people of Limpopo.
This comes after Tabane seemingly said the people of Limpopo are “witchcraft specialists” during the show on Thursday night.
Tabane made the comment while taking a swipe at the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Peter Mokaba region for opposing the government’s choice of Limpopo as the site of its coronavirus quarantine centre.
In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Newzroom Afrika said Tabane’s comments are not aligned with its values.
Furthermore, Newzroom Afrika said that its respect for the cultures of all South Africans is at the core of these values and Tabane’s comments violated them.
“They were offensive and disrespectful and he has acknowledged this and apologised on his personal Twitter account.”
The channel added that Tabane would also be making an apology on News@Prime on Friday night.
Newzroom Afrika said that despite Tabane’s apology, the matter is under review by its editorial sub-committee led by veteran journalist Dr Joe Thloloe.
“Pending the outcome of the investigation, Your View will be suspended until further notice,” it added.