Famous South African media personality, Samora Mangesi has been suspended and placed under rigorous investigation after it was alleged that he had shown up to work drunk earlier this month causing him to stop his show mid-way.
According to some listeners of his show, ‘Iqonga Labatsha’ they could tell that the presenter, Samora Mangesi was drunk the moment he said his first words on the show that day.
Belinda Spellman who had taken to Facebook said that she suspected that the presenter was drunk
“Guys, I am listening to Samora’s slot #IQL on Umhlobo Wenene. Hey kuhlangahlangene. I suspect he’s drunk. Khanindipheni indlebe nindimamelise.”
Shortly after that, another listener confirmed her suspension and looked forward to the management of the station disciplining the presenter.
“I thought being drunk at work is grounds for immediate dismissal. Let’s see if Samora survives this.”
However, Samora Mangesi in response to the allegations revealed that he sounded drunk as a result of a medication he had taken on that day.
“I would like to start off by acknowledging and apologising for the events that took place on 9 April, leading up to and during the broadcast of Iqonga Labatsha. It was quite unfortunate and hurtful to see comments after the said broadcast talking to how much I don’t appreciate this opportunity and not committed to this platform, when in actual fact it is quite the opposite. I decided to remain quiet and take the lashing until the matter had been resolved with the necessary stakeholders, to which it now has been…”
“Determined to honour my date with the avid listeners of IQL and Umhlobo Wenene FM, I added more medication and took it more frequently, which looking back was quite foolish. This rendered me incoherent, thus delivering an extremely messy and substandard product on air which led many to believing I was intoxicated. Again, for this I humbly apologise. It has never been and continues to not be my intention to bring the SABC – that I have been with for the past 10 years, my family, myself and anybody else associated with me into disrepute, be it intentionally or unintentionally”