Tbo Touch cleared of Xenophobia claims

2014-08-28 14:00


The outspoken Metro FM presenter has landed in hot water over controversial statements he made live on air.

According to Sunday World a complaint was laid with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) but the authority found that the statements did not encourage xenophobia.

"In the result we could not find any contravention of the code and the complaint is, accordingly, not upheld," BCCSA said.

The verdict was reached after the BCCSA received complaints that Tbo made derogatory remarks after a Nigerian artist failed to turn up for an interview.

Some listeners claimed that Tbo made insulting comments about Nigeria. The complaints also alleged that Tbo made reference to "finding the nearest border post" if one was not happy with him only playing local music.

The report also claims that Tbo said that he would not be disrespected on South African land and "no one was going to come to South Africa and tell South Africans how things were done."

However, the BCCSA dismissed these claims by stating that although some of the comments hinted at xenophobia, "they did not amount to hatred and there was no incitement to cause harm."


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