After the release of Babes Wodumo’s latest song Mercedes, there were speculations that she was singing about a killer drug that goes by the same name as her song.
Furthermore, there were rumours that SABC reportedly banned the song. However, the state broadcaster insisted that there was no such action taken against the track.
Moreover‚ SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago emphasised that they don’t ban songs anymore, they are either rejected or accepted.
“The term banning was used during Apartheid and the SABC has not banned any song since 1994‚” said Kganyago.
“There are various procedures which determine if a song is aired. If a song is seen to incite violence‚ it won’t be played. That doesn’t amount to banning. Music gets rejected all the time‚” he added.
However, Kganyago did not give more details as to whether the song was rejected or accepted. He added that there are no issues between the broadcaster and Babes‚ emphasising that her other songs are being played.
According to several reports, MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal‚ Weziwe Thusi‚ released a statement welcoming the banning of Babes Wodumo’s latest song Mercedes by the SABC.
Thusi’s statement read;
“We live in difficult times where our children are heavily involved in substance abuse and we cannot afford to have songs that can be mistaken as promoting drug abuse. Just this year two children lost their lives to drugs following a house party in KwaMashu. We welcome this bold and progressive step by SABC management.”
Notwithstanding, the SABC maintains it doesn’t ban songs. All submitted songs pass through a process of either being play-listed or rejected.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, Babes’ team rubbished the rumors that the song was about drugs. The singer’s manager Victor Dlokolo put things straight, saying that getting a Mercedes Benz car for her dad is Babe’s dream and that’s what she sang about.