Hot 91.9FM, the radio station that fired Sasha Martinengo for his on-air remarks concerning Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has complained about the party’s intimidation tactics.
This is according to the station’s managing director, Lloyd Madurai, who recently failed in his court application to have the EFF barred from entering the business premises. A report by Sowetan Live detailed how the South Gauteng High Court refused to grant an interdict to Hot 91.9FM.
Advocate Jean Badeaux, representing the radio station, approached the court hoping to be granted an urgent interdict Ex-Parte (without the EFF’s knowledge), which would essentially bar any of the party’s members from furthering their alleged intimidation tactics. The court’s presiding authority, Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng, denied this request, stating:
“The due process of the court cannot be curtailed, but this is an extraordinary case, in extraordinary times and circumstances. However, it would not be in the interest of justice not to give notice to the respondent. I have never heard of a court acceding to such a request.”
EFF ‘general’ threatens radio station over Sasha Martinengo fiasco
According to statements made to the court, Madurai claims that he was visited by two EFF members on Wednesday. Madurai said that party representatives, who had just laid crimen injuria charges against Martinengo, asked him to divulge personal information relating to the recently fired radio host:
Madurai refused to provide the members with any personal information relating to Martinengo, explaining:
“On the day of the incident, one of the party members who identified himself as a general came to see me and wanted to know what was being done about the presenter.
I told him his contract had been terminated and he said this was good because if we hadn’t acted they would have acted.”
Hot 91.9FM nearly turned into an ‘H&M situation’
Madurai then alleges that the EFF member who identified himself as the ‘general’ proceeded to show him video footage depicting party members, including the general, throwing rocks. The part representative then told Madurai that “this would have turned into an H&M situation” had the radio station not acted swiftly against Martinengo.
Sasha Martinengo calls Malema a monkey
During an on-air discussion which, allegedly, revolved around men disrespecting women, Martinengo commented ‘people still listen to this monkey’, referring to Malema. Martinengo later issued a public statement surrounding the incident and his utterances, saying:
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but I stand by what I said. Anyone, irrespective of their race, colour, creed , religion, gender who disrespects a woman is a monkey.”