SABC, Idols judge slammed for swearing

2012-06-12 12:16
Johannesburg - The SABC has been reprimanded after a presenter used foul language during a live airing of the SA Music Awards earlier this year.

Several complaints were lodged with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) against the public broadcaster and presenter Unathi Msengana.

Msengana, who is also a judge on the M-Net talent show Idols, introduced the night's two-time award winner AKA as "motherfucker" on 30 April.

Viewers lodged complaints expressing their disgust at the offensive language.

The complainants argued this was inappropriate as there were children in the audience.

Disciplinary steps

In a BCCSA hearing on 24 May, the SABC said because of previous experiences where artists had used unacceptable language, it had gone into great detail to brief organisers to prevent a recurrence.

"Unfortunately this incidence of foul language then involved a presenter", it said.

The SABC apologised and said though Msengana was not part of its channel staff, appropriate disciplinary steps had been taken against her.

Msengana explained her actions by blaming an unknown director/producer of the show for altering the SABC-approved script before going on air.

She had apologised for her "inadvertent transgression of the code".

No fine

The BCCSA found that the use of the word "motherfucker", in a live broadcast, which was reasonably expected to be seen by children, was found to be grossly offensive.

It officially sanctioned the SABC, but no fine was issued.

The commission, however, warned that future transgressions of the code would likely not be regarded as inadvertent.


  • Snazy.mntuwomntu - 2012-06-12 12:39

    Like realy now. I bet it was those who she gave them no's and laughed at them + their relatives in Idols...

      philip.ruthven.1 - 2012-06-12 13:06

      Oh Kenny. You crazy mofo! Its not a programme your kids should be watching anyway. Stop being such a tightass and get them DSTV so they can watch the Disney Channel. Other people also pay TV licences and are entitled to see programmes with filth if they so wish. IDIOT.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-12 13:08

      Yes because foul language is what causes bad behaviour in children. Or maybe bad parenting, negligence, abuse etc... could be to blame?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-12 13:08

      You pay TV license LOL? Don't call my sister an idiot because smart people don't pay SABC license brother.

      Snazy.mntuwomntu - 2012-06-12 13:09

      Kenny you have alot of BS to say. spend a day with kids and you will hear shocking things they say. You for one could be the every same person who as expose kids to that kind of language acting dump right now wont change my opinion

      mkhululinangamso.maqina - 2012-06-12 13:10

      Come on now, I think she was just 2 exited...

      philani.goba - 2012-06-12 13:12

      @Kenny..say it...M*7#3r F*&ker!

      Albertus - 2012-06-12 13:13

      William, most normal people do pay their TV licenses - we cannot all be spongers on the tax payer like you are

      Lyndatjie - 2012-06-12 13:27

      Our kids are taught from SMALL that filthy language is a way of life and only those who can not use logics and intelligence in an argument reverts to it. Teach your children correctly and they will not NEED the national broadcaster or payTV to mommy them.

      Rob - 2012-06-12 13:37

      Oh please......Which idiot(s) complain about this kind of thing ? I thought the " kappie kommondo " had died out in 1990.

      Susan - 2012-06-13 13:09

      All these people complaining just don't like Unathi....

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-06-12 12:58

    Jeez - children hear a LOT worse in their schools, in movies and amongst their friends....

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-12 13:09

      Exactly!!! I remember hearing swearing all the time at primary school, so why would a word on TV make things any different? Children learn from their parents, they mimic their parents behaviour.

      Erna - 2012-06-12 13:14

      And that is why the world is the way it is!

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-06-12 15:35

      another storm in a tea cup brewing. oh how we looove to focus over non-issues

  • Caroline - 2012-06-12 13:03

    Love this woman! Unathi for president!

      Rob - 2012-06-12 13:39

      I agree...This chick is cool.

      Rob - 2012-06-12 15:00

      Thumbs down....Racists !!!!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-12 13:07

    OH NO THE WORLD IS GOING TO COME TO AN END BECAUSE SHE USED "FOUL" LANGUAGE!!! These people need to focus on more important things. How exactly is foul language going to destroy the fabric of society? It is just a word. If it offends you, then it is YOUR problem. But as usual, certain people love making their issue's other people's problem. Morons.

  • Erna - 2012-06-12 13:13

    I wouldn't object because of children, I object for myself!

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-12 13:15

    What kind of a mother she is? This woman has a 6 -8 year old boy still in primary is that what she models at her lair? She must no try that with sabc...sabc should send a strong message to those found guilty.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-12 13:19

    Wonder if mnet will fire her now? I mean it's only fair, they fire everyone else that Fkk's up.

  • Albertus - 2012-06-12 13:22

    I also find her attitude on Idols offensive - if fact the whole show is offensive - making fun of people with disabilities I refuse to watch this any longer

      leonie.wood1 - 2012-06-12 13:41

      I agree Albertus! The judges are so pathetic. Hulle is pateties! Foei tog

  • Dennis - 2012-06-12 13:24

    I have no problem with swearing but when a so called christian AND mother uses that language on public TV, mmmmmmmm a bit common !!!

  • sandra.pereira.9634 - 2012-06-12 13:34

    Jeepers you hear swearing on the TV all the time on some evening shows.

  • kroomaney - 2012-06-12 13:36

    I think there nothing wrong with it. It had to just show that its strong language. They can also re-air it by bleeping it out. This not such a big issue and I am sure parents out their let them kids watch movies with much fouler languages.

  • norman.burlison - 2012-06-12 13:52

    I do not normally get involved with petty crap like this, but I feel the need to comment. Mnet has fired Darren Scott for using the K word, and it was not even on air, but the SABC merely reprimands our Idols judge, where is the fairness. With regards to Idols (what a joke), take a leaf out of the American version, Gareth and Unathi are really quite childish on the show, Mocking the contestants is degrading to all, it is really quite simple if the contestant is lousy, STOP them immediately vote NO and send them packing, DO NOT try to entertain the paying public with your childishness. You are both supposed to be professionals, well act like you are one. I for one will not watch Idols any more.

      Tharina25 - 2012-06-12 14:14

      The SABC can't fire someone that doesn't work for them. So what do you want them to do?

      khanyib1 - 2012-06-12 14:55

      bye bye then..

      allison.steedman - 2012-06-12 17:05

      There is a huge difference between the K word and the language expressed by Unathi. How can you even compare the 2? I think Unathi is hilarious - she has brought a breath of fresh air to the show, and contestants who enter must expect to be mocked if they cannot sing - and OMG some of them are TERRIBLE. I would also cry with laughter if I had to sit and listen to those tone deaf screachers. Parents would be better off being honest with their kids about their lack of singing abilities rather than trying to protect their little egos and their sensibilities (by complaining about foul language)

  • noelle14 - 2012-06-12 15:06

    Everyone swears these days - deal with it, your kids are going to grow up swearing no matter how much you sensor them. OMG this is too much. Unathi is cool and didn't mean anything by this - if she called someone this diff story but COME ON people!

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-06-12 16:46

    She didnt kill anyone, she used a little bit of foul language. Was it wrong, yes but so are alot of things that are said on prime time tv. She apologised, lets move on now! The beauty about tv is if you dont like a programe, you dont have to watch it! I hate idols, only enjoyed season 1 so i dont make a point of watching it. Everyone complaining, do yourselves a favour and find something else to watch! And those of you that are crucifying her because she is a mother and a christian, focus on being a good parent and christian yourselves cause i can garentee you are not perfect yourselves!

  • patty.visagie - 2012-06-12 17:30

    This type of offensive language is inappropriate in any circumstance.

  • lauren.duimelaar - 2012-06-13 13:08

    Can someone PLEASE tell me who or what this woman actually is??? (Don't even bother to watch Idols anymore - waste of time)

  • donzamts25 - 2012-06-14 08:56

    Ya presenters must be careful of what they say sometimes. Some viewers can be very sensitive or petty. That's how the cookie crumbles when you occupy public space.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-08 11:38

    Big deal! Not the best choice of language, but there are far worse things happening in S.A. yet no one take much notice. It's all about petty things, paintings, cartoons, bad language and so on. In the meantime people are starvine, freezing, dying, uneducated etc., etc., and no-one seems to care. Where are your priorities S. A. ???

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