"For the past five years, SABC1 management had turned a blind eye to the channel’s viewership as far as reality shows are concerned," a source told the paper.
Another source claimed: "Zola 7 was called in to have a meeting last year to discuss his return but there were great concerns over things he had done in the past. Overall, his behaviour never dented the show but his personal life has been terribly dented."
The source added: "As the channel is left with one reality show, now it seems it's getting boring. The creative team has been instructed to resuscitate the channel by bringing back good old shows, and top of the agenda is bringing back Zola 7."
Zola told the paper: "What I can say is I'm aware that management at the SABC wants me back but I wasn’t aware that there are meetings taking place about bringing back my show. I thought the news made rounds on social networks only. This is great news. My biggest concern is bursaries in the five years I've been off air. I can imagine how many kids who passed matric with flying colours were left out in the cold with no funds to take them to varsity.”
But SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago rubbishes the story. "The SABC is not in any talks with anyone regarding the programme you are referring to."
We guess time will tell if Zola's show is coming back.