PowerFM Sacks JJ Tabane Over On-air Apology

Former PowerFM host Onkgopotse JJ Tabane. PICTURE: ANA

JOHANNESBURG: Power FM has fired JJ Tabane as its Power Perspective host with immediate effect.

In a statement issued by the station manager Bob Mabena says Tabane has been axed for breaching his contract with Power FM by issuing an on-air apology to Phuma Williams after her testimony at the state capture inquiry.

Williams recently gave disturbing details at the inquiry claiming former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi emotionally abused and tortured her during her tenure.

Tabane used his radio platform to say sorry for the role he might have played in the treatment of Williams while he was Muthambi’s advisor.

He was suspended last week for his conduct pending an investigation by the station.

Tabane was warned by management not to use the radio platform to apologise.

The host, who also wrote a column for The Star called Let’s Talk Frankly, wrote his last column on Monday. Tabane indicated that he would like to take a break from writing in order to concentrate on his doctorate studies.

Power FM said they would name the new host of Power Perspective once they had concluded their recruitment processes.