Metro FM xenophobia complaint dismissed

Johannesburg - Complaints that remarks on a Metro FM current affairs show encouraged xenophobia have been dismissed by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA).

"In the result we could not find any contravention of the code and the complaint is, accordingly, not upheld," the BCCSA said in its judgment this week.

"The tribunal found that although some of the comments hinted at xenophobia, they did not amount to the advocacy of hatred and there was no incitement to cause harm."

The BCCSA received complaints from listeners, referred to only as Siguague and Mathebula, that the presenter of "The Touchdown" programme made derogatory remarks after a Nigerian artist failed to turn up for an interview.

The presenter, known as Tbo Touch, apparently spoke about Nigerians and other artists who were late for appointments or did not turn up.

The complainants said Touch made reference to finding the nearest border post if one was unhappy with him only playing local music, which suggested "return to your countries" connotations.

Touch said he would not be disrespected on South African land and no one was going to come to South Africa and tell South Africans how things were done.

The complainants submitted that Touch was sarcastic in his mention of a news story in which a Nigerian was arrested, saying it was an attempt to "paint all Nigerians with the same brush".

They claimed Touch made distasteful comments about Nigeria as a country and questioned its resources such as "do they even have spas".

They further submitted that Touch referred to "African" time and implied it was only people from certain geographical areas that failed to adhere to timekeeping.

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Darrion Dickens 2014-08-27 01:12:50 PM
The truth can be a hard pill to swallow.
Freedom Gama 2014-08-27 01:16:28 PM
its good to enjoy the sunshine while it shines
AntikZa 2014-08-27 01:31:01 PM
Bla bla bla
Hilda Mamabolo 2014-08-27 02:03:06 PM
i was listening to that show that day. I agree with what Touchdown was saying. Some people just like to complain even where its unnecessary. that artist confirmed his interview, but failed to pitch. Instead, he opted to go to a SPA. When called, he acted like it was not a big deal. I would also be annoyed if I gave an artist an opportunity on a national radio show and that artist simply decides to shove that gesture back in my face.
Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto 2014-08-27 02:05:13 PM
Its abt time tht these thick heads frm Nigeria go bck to their land n fight boko haram
Azana Booi 2014-08-27 02:34:15 PM
Fuq nigerians!!!! What are they doing about boko haram?? Huh!! They are in heaven here!!!
Abe Sunday 2014-08-27 02:47:18 PM
Racist will always essist here.when zulus called venda or shangani a foreigner,these black foreigner they are not d one doin aparthied here.
Sango Jika 2014-08-27 04:37:49 PM
Come on Tbo-Touch and his team always joke he meant no harm, he always give them so much love. i bet it was not even a Nigerian who complained.
Khayalethu Neptune Breakfast 2014-08-28 07:42:08 AM
people would make a big issue out of nothing