IN TWEETS | Personalities, public react to Samkele Maseko’s tiff with eNCA news boss who is now facing a disciplinary hearing

IN TWEETS | Personalities, public react to Samkele Maseko’s tiff with eNCA news boss who is now facing a disciplinary hearing

Social media erupted following allegations made by former eNCA political journalist Samkele Maseko against the channel’s head of news and Capitalist Party leader, Kanthan Pillay, following Maseko’s resignation from the news channel.These include that Pillay meddled in editorial policies and censored stories.Well-known personalities and Twitter users alike have vowed to boycott the channel, with some voicing their alleged experiences under Pillay. Others have, however, come to his defence.Since Maseko’s tweets, eNCA has lost more than 12 000 Twitter followers, while others have vowed to “block” the channel on their DStv decoders.Why not #eNCAMustFall #SAMKELEMASEKO #Kanthanpillay pic.twitter.com/xUAbEAstm0— ENHLE INHLIZIYO (@Nhliziyenhle) December 19, 2019When I get home i watch @ENCA from 5pm to 8pm???? #Kanthanpillay mnxm not anymore yaazi— @prudence_06108 (@P06108) December 19, 2019The upheaval began with a tweet from Pillay after Maseko announced his resignation on Twitter.In the tweet, Pillay said “rats” were running towards a “sinking ship”, apparently referring to Maseko and his new employer, the SABC.While Maseko thanked his colleagues after announcing his resignation and tried to counter any suspicions, Pillay’s tweet set him off.To cut the speculation, this is what happened. I resigned from @eNCA today for greener pastures. There was no sinister motive or agenda. It had nothing to do with their decision to no longer broad the @EFFSouthAfrica conference. I couldn’t serve notice as per their decision.— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 17, 2019Listen here and listen good, you may be pulling strings there at @eNCA but you will refer to your family as Rats and not Black African Children. Settle your political scores using eNCA but disrespect us for dumping ship led by a failed politician. https://t.co/qnKkpnGoX4— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 18, 2019Politicians and influencers such as advocate Thuli Madonsela, the DA’s Phumzile Van Damme and the EFF have since weighed in on the conversation, calling on eNCA to respond.The SACP called on the news channel to take a stance against racism – referring to Pillay’s use of the word “rat” to allegedly refer to Maseko.In a statement on Thursday, the party said this remark is “an insult to Africans in particular”.”It is completely unacceptable and must have no place in our society. The SACP condemns it in the strongest terms possible. eNCA must apologise to South Africans, get to the bottom of the matter and get rid of Pillay,” it added.There is something very fishy going on at @eNCA. It cannot be that so many have resigned. Also how the hell is Kanthan Pillay the News Editor? The leader of a political party (has it been deregistered?) He who said that the K-word should be used freely. I’ll be looking into it.— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) December 19, 2019The future belongs to those with emotional, intellectual and social agility. @enca, the news on the alleged treatment of #SAMKELEMASEKO suggest a lag in these competencies. Take the nation and world into your confidence. Was #Samkelo treated as callously as he alleges?— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) December 19, 2019The EFF also condemned Pillay’s remarks as well as other practices at eNCA, including the channel’s decision to pull out of covering the party’s elective conference this month.It called on South Africans to boycott the channel.”The EFF condemns these actions as a sign of total deterioration of leadership, principles and ethics within eNCA,” the party said.Former journalists and media personalities also had their fair share to say about how Pillay allegedly treated them in the past, especially during his days at radio station YFM.His becoming hands on at YFM was the reason I jumped ship, and why it was so easy to leave!!! He is not a nice person at all… #PeopleQuitManagersNotBrands https://t.co/RzH3hHZtaV— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) December 18, 2019Didn’t get to serve my notice at Y or even do 1 more show after letting them know I got offered a show on 5, got told leave immediately!!! Further got told to leave Club808 immediately https://t.co/ku4JHQjXzd— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) December 18, 2019I’m sorry Sam! That man is the devil himself. He “chaired” my DC hearing – unprofessional, unethical, underhanded, crude, vile.. He does their dirty firing work. He has killed so many careers “just cause he can” – No black person deserves to work under that man. https://t.co/d3FVUFD0Ss— uNontobeko wakaSibisi (@Nontobek0Sibisi) December 19, 2019I’m disgusted by how @samkelemaseko was treated after his dedication. Also, no person should have the power to act & make decisions that lead to my credibility & integrity as a journalist being questioned. I was never told to tow the line & I never will. My independence stands!— Shahan Ramkissoon (@ShahanR) December 19, 2019In his tweets following Pillay’s remarks, Maseko alleged Pillay had been meddling in the newsroom and censoring stories.He also said Pillay “threw [him] out of the eNCA building like a dog who had stolen something”, saying Pillay was “heartless and unethical”. “Listen here and listen good, you may be pulling strings there at @eNCA but you will refer to your family as Rats and not Black African Children. Settle your political scores using eNCA but disrespect us for dumping ship led by a failed politician,” Maseko tweeted.Some, however, have come to Pillay’s defence.I know Kanthan Pillay on a personal level. He was kicked out of Uni in the 80s for taking part in the boycott protests against the apartheid govt. His nephew married a Zulu lady and he conducted the lobola negotiations. This is the same man who black Twitter are calling a racist.— Sowellnomics (@Sowellnomics) December 19, 2019Other were simply not fazed.So many people can’t complain about one person sho case Kanthan Pillay ke lesepa la motho— Authi e’Grand (@Boetie_majozi) December 19, 2019On Thursday, Pillay apologised for his tweet. Pillay further said he would undergo a disciplinary hearing and abide by the outcomes of that process.
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