Phat Joe

Phat Joe is a South African celebrity who got popular as a TV personality and a Radio host, and a comedian. He has established his marks in the South African entertainment circle as an interesting and sometimes controversial media person.

Real name Majota Mandlakayise Isaac Khambule, Phat Joe was born in the Gauteng province of South Africa in 1974. He left South Africa at the age of eight and spent his childhood in the US with his parents and siblings. It was there that he had some of his education.

In 1994, his family returned to South Africa, and a year later he began work with a Mmabatho based radio station, Radio Bop.

According to him, he attended the University of Cape Town, University of South Africa, University of North Carolina, and is an electrical engineer.

In 2002 his son, Brooklyn was born to former model Farai Rook, who was said to be his wife for a very short time. In 2016 he engaged his girlfriend,  Palesa Morgan. This was not the first time that the DJ was proposing to a woman, but whether or not this would lead to the aisle is for time to tell.

Professional Life

He started his professional life as a radio DJ with Radio Bop in 1995. He stayed with the station till 1997 when he moved to Johannesburg’s YFM radio station. At YFM he worked as a sales executive and as a DJ and host of a weekend breakfast show.

In 1999 he picked up a weekdays breakfast show with the station. In the same year, he started the popular Phat Joe comedy show on e.tv.

Metro FM became his destination after leaving YMF in 2001. He as well moved his show to SABC 1. A year into his stay at the station, he left. His show, however, continued till 2005.

Kaya FM where he hosted The Phat Joe Morning Show became his base in 2008. A year into it again, he left in a controversial circumstance. From the station, he moved to Heart FM in Cape Town and stayed with the station till 2012.

The Real Gaboza, would be his next show when he joined in as a presenter of the SABC 1 celebrity gossip show in 2010.

He joined SABC 3’s new show, Presenter Search on 3, in 2013, where he featured alongside Bonang Matheba, Jeannie D, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Leigh-Anne.

Phat Joe began hosting a breakfast show; Weekend Edition, on SABC 1 in 2016.

Joe also hosted various events including the South African Music Video Awards, The Metro FM awards, The South African version of the UK format Take Me Out; Take me out South Africa, on SABC1.  He was a contestant in I Love South Africa in 2014.

He is the CEO of Phat Joe Holdings (Pty) Ltd which he found in 2001.

Controversies

Phat Joe has been caught in the web of controversies on various occasions mostly for his programme on radio. His mastery in courting controversy can hardly be matched by many in South Africa.

The comedian once cracked a joke on King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu whom he advised to use the bride price of two of his daughters to buy a second hand Uno with the 150 lobola cattle. The joke was criticized as an insult and disrespectful to the entire Zulu nation. To the criticisms, the radio DJ had to apologize.

Following his dismissal from KAYA FM, he attracted some attention to himself when he took the station to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and the Labour Court to contest his dismissal and lost. Reasons given for his dismissal include partisan politicking and using sexual innuendo, as well as breaching broadcasting legislation and making a joke about the Jacob Zuma being raped.

In his first week with East Coast Radio, the radio presenter had managed to get people call for his sack. The petition which was started by a woman with a 13-year-old child said the DJ must leave the station as he brings in sexual contents into his show, makes racist comments on air, and makes jokes about serial rape and joke rape among other things. The petition has over 5300 signatures on South Africa’s change.org petitions site. #phatjoemustgo #bringbackdamonbeard was used to promote the petition.

His remarks on his working experience at e.tv which he described as Afghanistan being run by the Taliban, as well his continuous comments on Caster Semenya who was alleged to be a man after winning a gold medal during the 2009 world championships in Berlin were other things that drew criticisms against him.