Fired F-bomb newsreader has no regrets

2011-09-27 18:56
Johannesburg - Newsreader Mark Esterhuysen said on Twitter on Tuesday that he had no regrets about losing his job over swearing 13 times during an Eyewitness News (EWN) bulletin.

Esterhuysen tweeted that he had "no regrets about my bulletin".

"Just like Jerry Maguire, I have lost the ability to bullshit. I'll accept the consequences of it," he tweeted on Monday.

Esterhuysen used the word "fuck" repeatedly in a 01:00 broadcast.

EWN editor Katy Katopodis said he had been summarily dismissed.

Although she had been unable to reach Esterhuysen by phone, a letter of dismissal had been delivered to his house.

"We can't tolerate that kind of behaviour. I don't think it's appropriate to use our platform, which is credible, to promote your own agenda," she said.

A 41-second clip, purportedly of the broadcast, on the website had garnered 35 000 views by Tuesday afternoon.

In it a man who identifies himself as Mark Esterhuysen, says: "Fuck racism, fuck the pigs who killed Andries Tatane, fuck the AWB, fuck racism. We are all wild animals here, meant to live free.

"Fuck capitalism, fuck fascism. Fuck this fucking wage slavery shit. Fuck domestication, fuck Julius Malema, fuck the state. Fuck the petrol economic growth on a finite planet."

On his Twitter feed, he identified himself as an enemy of the state, a defender of anarchy, a proud member of the primate clan, a cunning linguist, and a master debater.

He had tweeted that all he wanted in life "is for @GarethCliff to read my blog".

His most recent blog was on the role of sport in modern South Africa, from an anarchist perspective.

Other topics dealt with the futility of civilisation.


  • burtfred - 2011-09-27 19:06

    This is a seriously troubled individual. He needs help.

      I Like Everything - 2011-09-27 19:19

      Well I still like him.. Truobles or not, he's awesome!

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 19:55

      Katy Katipodis is such a sanctimonious little Mediterranean kugel. Hopefully she is the next 702 class-A A-hole to lose the plot

      FFS - 2011-09-27 21:37

      He's just a spoiled little kid who needs to grow up. He has no idea what anarchy is. The worst that has happened to him is when his Mommy forgot to pack his lunchbox for work. What a loser. 'Enemy of the state' indeed. More like 'Enema of the state' judging by his pathetic little tirade.

      john - 2011-09-27 21:57

      Anybody who calls himself a "defender of anarchy" has never had to live under it. It's a bit like Socialism. As Winston Churchill once said, the easiest way to cure someone who promotes Socialism is to simply force them to live under it. If this kid experienced genuine anarchy, he'd be crying for his mommy in two hours flat. He is the typical "rebel without a clue", the silver spoon liberal who has too much time on his hands and too much disposable income. And even if he ranks among the top 10% of wealthiest people on the planet (which he probably does), everything is just too dreadful and wicked and unfair and evil for words - and he is the poor ickle victim. Cry me a river. He glamourises living like a "wild animal" or a "primate". If the thinks capitalism is ruthless and cruel, maybe he should try living in nature for a while. Ask any of the Survivor contestants how much fun it is, and how easy it is to sustain yourself when taken back to our natural roots.

      Succubus - 2011-09-27 22:07

      He doesn't need help, ...he needs f**king help!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-28 07:44

      again, he is 100% correct,

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-28 08:40

      Oh F*ck......!!

      OMO - 2011-09-28 09:34

      Give him a chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnce!

      HappyGoLucky - 2011-09-28 10:15

      Ive never even heard of this guy, but i support his views...that man has big kahones!

      mylord - 2011-09-28 10:36

      hate speach

  • BOER - 2011-09-27 19:07

    A master debater I call crap on that. Anyone who debates with so much hatred and swearing is absolutely not a master debater, but a FOOL.

      JWock - 2011-09-27 19:11

      I'm not sure he meant that exactly

      Jawellnofine - 2011-09-27 19:27

      I am not sure that one could be a cunning linguist and a master debater. Typically one or the other. A cunning linguist for instance would never need to debate, his linquistic skills would invite ...........reciprocation!! Whereas a master debater, well what more can I say.

      I Like Everything - 2011-09-27 19:34

      That joke was just waiting to be made, Jawellnofine.. But I like it!!

      SandtonSage - 2011-09-27 21:22

      Master debater = masturbater, and cunning linguist = cunniligis...

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-27 22:53

      @JWOCK - I got that as well. A 'master debater' is just a nice way of saying 'wanker'. I believe that in 5 years time he is going to regret his behaviour today - it is such a pity that his followers appear to have the same attributes as Malema's followers?

      john - 2011-09-28 12:59

      His use of puns that people no longer find witty once they leave high school is indicative of his mental age. We're not dealing with a mature, seasoned professional here, but rather someone who has just gone beyond puberty. Expecting wisdom is a bit much.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-28 14:36

      Eh well old John let's just dust off the cravat and slippers then shall we old chap? Spare me the ageism - you old farts are getting nothing done. At least this kid is on fire.

      john - 2011-09-28 16:35

      Going on radio and saying "F*** capitalism" is "getting things done"? No wonder the South Africa of today has such critical shortages in almost every field.

  • Syndrome - 2011-09-27 19:09

    Let's see if he regrets it when the debit orders start coming through in a few days

      fragtion - 2011-09-27 19:16

      Yeah, of course! Let's all just sacrifice our lives to the monetary system so that we can make ends meet DESPITE the fact that we COMPLETELY disagree with the working methods system. He won't regret it, trust me on that one. And you should open your eyes mate

      brown_bread - 2011-09-27 19:47

      Fragtion, I had an incredible discussion with a bunch of people on that subject just last week. The two 'schools of thought' were 'monster feeders' and 'paradigm shift seekers'. It was interesting!It actually came down to that very point you are raising!

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 20:17

      He's lucky, he's still young enough for mommy to keep him going for a few years. But pretty soon he'll wake up and realize mommy's getting a tired of paying for his internet connection; his anarchist buddies will have stopped taking his calls and will be focussing on their careers in advertising and insurance sales; and the 19-year old punani he once charmed with his anarchist ideas won't give him the time of day as they drive past in their lawyer boyfriend's SLK. That's when the penny will drop and he'll find himself working for the Nelspruit Reporter as an alcoholic, second-rate sub editor and all the interns will whisper in hushed tones as he walks passed: "That's the crazy oke who once lost it on national radio."

      PyroSA - 2011-09-27 20:18

      I hope for his sake he doesn't regret it, but it does close quite a few doors...

      Belatu - 2011-09-27 20:24

      @fragtion, you don't pay bills or provide for a family yet do you?

  • Isuru - 2011-09-27 19:10

    Legend!!! :-) lol

  • Rooibok - 2011-09-27 19:11

    Its still early...

  • Sir Eidolon - 2011-09-27 19:11

    I bet his parents are really proud of him.

      OMO - 2011-09-28 09:37

      He is actually an orphan, so your comment is in poor taste!

  • Jodida - 2011-09-27 19:12

    My dad always says, "If you have nothing good to say, SHUT UP!!! You make the rest of us look like idiots.

      AJ2 - 2011-09-28 07:04

      Assuming what he said wasn't good then, of course..

      Janice - 2011-09-28 09:23

      MINE TOO!!!!!

  • fragtion - 2011-09-27 19:14

    The quotations are incorrect. It's not 'petrol economic', it's 'perpetual economic'; he did not mention 'Julius Malema', just 'Malema', and you left out the 'graveyard shift' xD

      Vlooi - 2011-09-27 19:40

      News24 is misquoting the poor man all over the show. You sure he didn't say that Julius Malema is a masterbator?

  • Alan - 2011-09-27 19:20

    Anyone who is critical of Mark obviously doesn't know what it's like to come to the end of one's tether. I can sympathise.

  • ErrolNdevu - 2011-09-27 19:21

    Well said, all true. Wish the rest of the world can wake up and realise we are slaves to this failing system. Soon there will be masive change in the whole word. The monetary system was designed to fail. Respect Mark!

      Stefan - 2011-09-27 20:22

      You lost me at "Well said".

      ObieKonobie - 2011-09-27 20:32

      Errol, you may well turn out to be right. But let me tell you something, if you think we're in a bad way now, wait till you see what it's like after your prediction comes through.

      Fred - 2011-09-28 10:11

      Accept for a foul-mouthed rant, what is been offered to replace the system as it stands now?

      john - 2011-09-28 13:04

      Yeah, all the people who are gleefully predicting an end to the evil fiat money system are rather like those religious fundamentalists who are overjoyed at the prospect of the "end times" approaching. I guess nobody told them that, if and when it comes to pass, it ain't going to be as joyous as they think. Quite the contrary, it will be a time of pain and anguish and suffering and desperate battles to find the resources to stay alive. Think Mad Max 3 and you're in the ballpark. Anybody who looks forward to that is either a fool, or someone who has a lot of friends with a lot of guns.

  • Bill - 2011-09-27 19:22

    He is a brave, but not well puppy...!

  • Bettysue - 2011-09-27 19:26

    I have never heard of this young man until today, but if this is his ambition in life "is for @GarethCliff to read my blog" then his future is doomed.

  • Spanker - 2011-09-27 19:28

    Dumber than a bag of hammers...!

      burtfred - 2011-09-27 19:42

      My Estwing hammer with the leather handle is quite smart actually. Just the other day it was chatting to Julius and he told him that the mines should be nationalized. Julius agreed, saying that he had hit the nail on the head.

  • bb - 2011-09-27 19:30

    Sounds like he has lost the plot.

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-28 08:42

      Brave lil F#cker....!

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-09-27 19:42

    The boy needs Jesus.

      People Hater - 2011-09-28 07:57

      Ha ha ha.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-27 19:54

    Hahahahahahahha what a chop

  • Amelia - 2011-09-27 19:55

    Ag shame nĂȘ. So much hatred, so little airtime.

  • Jan - 2011-09-27 19:59

    Well-said Mark. Most of us feel that way!

  • Kgadi - 2011-09-27 20:01

    that was not necessary Mark,especially while you are broadcasting

  • Jaymz - 2011-09-27 20:06

    "petrol economic growth", LOL, I think you misheard that one! I believe you meant to write "perpetual economic growth'

      john - 2011-09-28 13:06

      South Africans are so obsessed with America "invading countries to steal the oil" that they can't get it out of their minds. Anything that sounds remotely similar to "petrol" or "oil" will unleash a Pavlovian response from the mouth-breathers.

  • darkwing - 2011-09-27 20:06

    Methinks he wasn't promoted to station manager quick enough.

  • wateva - 2011-09-27 20:11

    Good for you Mark - telling it like it is!!

  • Newsferret - 2011-09-27 20:40

    Just looking at his face leaves one with the impression there is a kid on the block, arrogant in self-importance who lost all his marbles. His loss of job is our gain in radio listening.

  • lydonmcg - 2011-09-27 20:45

    Cute. He got his 5 minutes of fame, but tomorrow barely a soul will remember his name. Enjoy it while it lasts "brave soul." Your little rant has proven that life has a way of weeding out the weak ones.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-28 14:39

      yeah and it has a way of forgetting those who never step off the platform

  • Lewis - 2011-09-27 21:39

    He really shouldnt have let that illiterate douche bag Malema get to him. Forget the idiot and the garbage he spews.

  • opinionater - 2011-09-27 21:46

  • AfrikaBoer - 2011-09-27 22:17

    Gaan huis to Mark - jou ma wil die kinders tel - en hopenlik gaan jou pa jou gat aan die brand slaan. Jy kort 'n stewige dosis disipline.

  • betterness - 2011-09-28 07:31

    A premeditated oral onslaught trying to garner support and publicity, that's all. You can hear from his outburst that he was reading it out, knowing full well that it would make some headlines. Well Mark, you got what you want, only problem is, next week, no one will remember this, or you for that matter ... and now you're unemployed, and I dare say,,, unemployable

  • Question All - 2011-09-28 07:45

    What does he mean when he calls himself an Anarchist (there are so many definitions that another would be quite refreshing.) Is his public rant a quest for youthful attention or is it a quest for an individual identity? How will he react to others treating him like he treats them? Who is supporting his 'free' lifestyle?

  • Question All - 2011-09-28 07:48

    I feel that 702's reaction was very much a typical knee-jerk action. Did someone sit down with Mark and find out what the problem is? Are we not allowing a disturbed individual loose onto our living environment? If history is to be a teacher, then I am afraid.

  • Verbatim - 2011-09-28 08:26

    Well, with the labor law in this banana republic, he can actually go to the courts and say he was troubled and his employer did nothing to help him or to help him rehabilitate. He can demaqnd his job back, and ask to be sent for sounselling at his employers cost. True Story.....

      Verbatim - 2011-09-28 08:27

      that would be counselling

  • Honey_Spider - 2011-09-28 08:56

    I support you dude, F@CK em all to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Colene - 2011-09-28 09:00

    Maybe he is rather a master(de)bater! lol

  • Nick - 2011-09-28 09:06

    In all due respect with regards to all the comments lamenting the poor guy, he was just saying what I suspect the majority of all of us have all thought before. Who can honestly say they have never voiced their opinion in such a way before? And don't say that because it's on radio it has to be different. It shouldn't be any different, but obviously considering the reaction it is. Double Standards, Yes?

      BIBI - 2011-09-28 09:46

      I couldn't agree with you more Nick... just because he's some media personality, he's lashed out on... come on guys he just spoke "on behalf" of most of us

      john - 2011-09-28 13:14

      No, not double standards. I'm sure most television newsreaders have sex relatively often. Doing it while on air is neither the time nor the place. I'm sure most national leaders burp and scratch their balls when they wake up in the morning. Doing it on the stage at the UN General Assembly is neither the time nor the place. It's called "social norms". Really, this stuff is not very hard to grasp. Most people should have a handle on it by the end of primary school, or midway through high school at the latest.

      john - 2011-09-28 13:20

      You know, I'm sure both of you urinate fairly frequently. I'm equally sure that neither of you urinate in the garden while visiting friends. So clearly you are both hypocrites who practise double standards. I mean, if you are going to urinate, why is it important WHERE you do it? Does it change the act of urinating? Do you think that going into the bathroom and closing the door means other people don't know what you're doing in there? Clearly, society is screwed up and we're all hypocrites for not urinating in public.

  • Janice - 2011-09-28 09:21


  • BIBI - 2011-09-28 09:43

    I totally agree with the guy, F all he had mentioned and a few more... but he shouldn't have said it on radio... SA is messed up, I understand where he's coming from, which is not being racist.

  • werner.smidt - 2011-09-28 09:47

    Wow ... Channel24 staff likes to censor. Pretty sure there were more comments earlier.

  • Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-28 09:51

    If you listen to his tirade, he just gives the finger to everyone. He is an enemy of the state, but then also an enemy to those who are enemies of the state? He has no fight, no cause, no justification, no clue! As for his pro anarchy statement, good luck buddy. move to Liberia or Somalia. you will fit in pretty well there until reality hits you like a hammer between the legs.

  • Fred - 2011-09-28 10:04

    Looking for attention and succeeded, until today I'd never even heard of the foul mouthed cretin.

  • JackBouer24 - 2011-09-28 10:09

    Its just badly planned stunt, the guy is a moron..

  • Wendy - 2011-09-28 10:25

    Give him a Bells

  • The_Duchess - 2011-09-28 10:34

    I just think it's f@cking funny that people were listening at 1am!

  • Rudolph van Rensburg - 2011-09-28 10:55

    Naom Chomsky is an anarchist...

  • Sum1 - 2011-09-28 12:05

    Weirdo. Kids these days...

  • Nicky - 2011-09-28 12:13

    An ANARCHIST is a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed, a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom. WHAT A LOSER HE MUST BE, promote love and peace not hatred and violence.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-09-28 14:46

      yeah we can also google... and still not have a clue. What a way to promote love and peace... call someone you know absolutely nothing about a loser.

  • ManofGod - 2011-09-28 15:03

    Someone looking for attention, trying to become famous and the foolish child probably will succed.

  • preshen govender - 2011-09-30 07:56

    he went out in style

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