Following an online petition and calls for Kaya FM to remove Skhumba Hlophe after his comments on topless protesters, the station has responded that it’s pondering over the matter.
Earlier this week, three Wits female students took drastic measures to stop the police from shooting student protesters. They took off their tops and bras, shouting “stop shooting us!”
Meanwhile, comedian Skhumba Hlophe didn’t like what he saw and couldn’t hide his feelings either. He took to social media with a video, body-shaming the students. He poked fun at their breasts and body, saying they look like “grannies.”
As a result, an online petition was laucnhed on Thursday, demanding that the station remove the comedian from its line-up for body-shaming the protesters. The petition has gathered thousands of supporters while Twitter is abuzz with complaints over the case.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Kaya FM publicist Mmathabo Tladi confirmed the receipt of the complaint about Skhumba. Tladi assured the public that the station is in discussions with the comedian.
“Kaya FM acknowledges that a complaint was received. We are signatories of the code of conduct of the BCCSA. We will have an official response as soon as we have discussed the matter with Skhumba,” Tladi said.
Moreover, comedian Skhumba Hlophe has since responded to the social media storm with an apology.
“I’m sorry to everyone that I’ve offended. No harm was meant on that video I respect women and again I’m really sorry from the bottom of my heart… I hope u find it in ur heart to forgive me,” Skhumba said.
“The worst thing in life is to be misunderstood. I would like to say to all the women that were affected, I would really like to apologise… If it sits wrong with you I am really sorry and I hope we find a way forward from this,” he continued.
Kaya FM has promised to look into the matter and decide on the next step to take.