Sep 21, 2021

SAFA Vows To Intervene On Marawa’s And SABC Saga

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SAFA wishes to stand against the sacking of Marawa at the public broadcaster as it will ‘hinder football development’.

FILE PHOTO: Robert Marawa at the SABC studios. PICTURE: Leon Sadiki/City Press

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JOHANNESBURG: SAFA to approach the public broadcaster to discuss Robert Marawa’s matters and other aspects.

In a surprise move by the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Tuesday when it issued a statement, the association has expressed its disapproval following the contract termination of the renowned sports broadcaster, Robert Marawa at SABC in the past few days.

SAFA wishes to stand against the sacking of Marawa at the public broadcaster as it will ‘hinder football development’.

Marawa’s contract termination comes after he was fired as a TV anchor at Supersport TV in May 2019 via text where he was 2-hours before his show and told not to bother coming into work. He was then left with the SABC and participated in Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) which was simultaneously presented on both Metro FM and Radio 2000 since 2017.

In a tweet, Marawa shared a screenshot message where he was told there will be no Marawa Show that evening so ‘you need not come to work as there’ll be no Marawa show today’.

“So after serving the Public Broadcaster through time, I am sent yet another text from a person in an “acting” position informing me of this. Same modus operandi as SS. What do they fear about the last Show?? Thank you Mzansi for the love & support thru the years,” Marawa said in the tweet.

Later on, the SABC released a statement officially announcing the dismissal of Mr Marawa and Ms Vaylen Kirtley a ‘Morning Live’ current affairs sports presenter.

Meanwhile, the federation has since disapproved of the contract termination of Marawa and wishes to approach the public broadcaster to discuss the matter.

“This will hinder football development and professional profiling of the sport. Robert Marawa has over the years excelled as a major contributor to the analysis, insight and debate of football on the African continent and global stage. His shows have regularly attracted wide-range expert views and opinions that evidently contributed to the growth of South African football,” SAFA said in a statement.

“Robert Marawa has a proven track record both nationally and continentally and has delivered major service to both local, CAF and FIFA platforms. He has used his extensive influence to enrich football debates in our country and the African continent at large. SAFA, as the football governing body in the country, will approach SABC to discuss this key aspect to the future of football in this country,” SAFA added in the statement.

According to the latest reports, Mr Andile Ncube & Mr Thomas Mlambo replace Robert Marawa. Mr Ncube has taken over the 6-7 PM slot on Radio 2000 with a new show, ‘Sports Night Live with Andile’. Mr Mlambo now hosts ‘The Ultimate Sport Show with Thomas Mlambo’, from 18h00 to 19h00 on Metro FM.

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