Chewing the Phat with Joe

2009-11-16 15:54

Video: one-on-one interview with Phat Joe

Controversial shock jock Majota "Phat Joe" Kambule is no longer unemployed. After being sacked by Kaya FM for commenting on Caster Semenya's menstrual cycle (or lack of one), he's been hired by sister station Heart 104.9 in Cape Town as their new weekday breakfast show host.

To promote his new gig in the Mother City, he sat down with us to talk about Caster, Joost, race and his previous employer. Unlike the Springbok rugby team, it seems there's nothing Phat is too scared to tackle - no matter what music's playing.

It's hard to figure out how this charming, stylish and funny guy can incense the public in such a way that he loses his job. He reckons his sacking wasn't fair. And if you disagree with him, you should still love him, "because I'm real!" he says. Watch him address the person he thinks is responsible for his termination.

He might be controversial, but he's not nasty. Regarding the Caster Semenya debacle, he's still adamant that he was just doing his job: "I raised a valuable issue; the only question I asked was: did she know before, or was she only finding out now". Still, having your period discussed on live radio must hurt a girl's feelings. "I think she [Caster] knows the truth, and because she knows the truth, she's able to make a better judgement call about what I have said."

Okay, on to the next victim. Phat Joe must have something scathing to say about the Joostgate saga. "It's his fault... but the book will sell well". Not exactly anger-provoking stuff. Let's try a harder question.

Is Cape Town a racist city? "People will call Cape Town racist because there are very few black people". He goes on to tell us he's here to keep an eye on Capetonians. Never answering yes or no, it seems Phat Joe is very good at sidestepping when it suits him.

One thing's for sure, this shock jock's got a lot to say. Will you be tuning in to his new show starting 7 December?

We chat to shock jock Phat Joe about being fired, Caster Semenya and Joost. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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