JOHANNESBURG – After over five weeks away from her airwaves, Metro FM radio presenter Unathi Msengana was back on air on Monday morning.
The SABC said that all issues with the presenter had been resolved.
“Unathi will be back on radio (on Monday). There have been several meetings held regarding this and we can confirm she will be back on air,” the SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago said.
Unathi was suspended after making controversial statements linked to the Luister video, which details alleged racism at Stellenbosch University.
As previously reported by The Juice, there was somewhat of a stalemate between Unathi and her employer. “They want her to apologise and she wasn’t willing to do that,” sources told us.
At the time, the SABC also confirmed that, although a contract is in place, both parties can withdraw, meaning it could be Unathi who was threatening to leave instead of widespread speculation that she was being fired.
The Juice has also been told that the five week suspension did affect Unathi financially. Because she is a freelancer like all other on-air talent at the public broadcaster, you only get paid when you work.
A meeting between Unathi and the station was held on Friday, where an agreement was reached.
P.S: The #BringBackUnathi hashtag also played a part in Unathi being back, said insiders.
“The SABC was very aware of the public pressure regarding this story and know that Unathi had a lot of support behind her.”
There were mixed reactions on Twitter to Unathi being back on air.