AfriForum has called for the dismissal of Ntsiki Mazwai after MultiChoice dropped content featuring Afrikaans singer, Steve Hofmeyr. However, the satellite TV provider says it has no editorial control over Ntsiki.
The controversial cloud surrounding MultiChoice is refusing to go away. The satellite TV provider got a lot of attention when it decided to drop all content that features Afrikaans singer, Steve Hofmeyr.
Since then, AfriForum has gotten involved and called on MultiChoice to also drop poet and presenter Ntsiki Mazwai, as reported on by Briefly.co.za earlier. According to the civil rights group, MultiChoice is showing double standards as they believe Ntsiki often makes racist remarks, just as Steve was accused of doing.
TimesLIVE reports that MultiChoice said Ntsiki appears on a third-party channel and they have no control over her. MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs, Joe Heshu, said: “There is a fundamental difference between people who appear on third-party channels, where we have absolutely no editorial control, and people who we employ, sponsor, associate directly with and appear on the DStv channels that are owned by MultiChoice Group, such as the M-Net, kykNET and SuperSport, where we would exercise control and ultimate accountability.” “The person you are referring to, Ntsiki Mazwai, appeared on third-party channel Moja Love and is not a presenter on any DStv-owned channels.”
Check out AfriForum’s tweet over Ntsiki:
The artist Ntsiki Mazwai regularly publishes racist & inciting comments against minorities on social media, yet she was recently appointed as presenter of the chat programme Show me Love, which is broadcast on Moja Love (channel 157 on DStv).#MultiChoiceDispute#DoubleStandards pic.twitter.com/xTVSOf8hS8
— AfriForum (@afriforum) May 30, 2019