Johannesburg - Award-winning US singer Chris
Brown might have a chart-topping song that appeals to the world not to
judge him, but that has not resonated with two popular South African
Amon Mokoena and Thato Mataboge, who host a weekly midday
show on Metro FM called The Secret Ingredient, flatly refused to
"We don't want to be associated with Chris
Brown. We are busy pushing a positive message about 16 Days Against
Women and Child Abuse and here we are being forced to entertain this
concert. We all know what he did," Mataboge explained in an e-mail.'It does not sit well with us'
a chain of e-mails dated from 5-12 December between the pair and
programming manager Caren Olsen, sales manager Hazel Tlhabanyane and
station manager Martin Vilakazi, the two state their opposition to
Brown's Carpe Diem tour concert currently in South Africa.
does not sit well with any of us. As a father to my daughter and as
husbands to our wives who have never lifted even a finger to any female,
it's compromising what we stand for as a show and individuals,"
Chris Brown performed in Johannesburg on
Saturday and in Durban on Monday on his Carpe Diem tour - and is set to
perform two shows at Cape Town's Grand Arena on 19 and 20 December.
February 2009, the night before the Grammy Awards, Brown assaulted
singer girlfriend Rihanna after she allegedly threw away his Lamborghini
keys during an altercation in the car.
Brown pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service.
in the past few months, Rihanna and Brown have been spotted together on
several occasions and are said to have revived their "friendship".
Metro FM jocks' opposition to Brown’s concert is an echo of what has
happened in some of the other countries he has visited during his tour.
In September, protesters in London defaced Brown's latest album, Fortune
, when they stormed music stores and pasted stickers saying: "Do not buy this album! This man beats women."
Last month in Sweden, an anti-Brown crowd vandalised his posters by sticking the police mug shot of a battered RiRi on them.
'Schizophrenic impression on audiences'
Here at home, Mokoena and Mataboge's objections fell on deaf ears.
The station manager refused to indulge the matter despite other managers understanding the team's stance.
"We have a business to run, an interview has been booked and it needs to be executed accordingly," was Vilakazi's curt response.
he was silenced by Johan van Rooyen, the acting general manager of SABC
radio, who said Brown would cause the station to leave a "schizophrenic
impression on audiences" at a time when it was supporting the
"We are contradicting ourselves as the SABC by
supporting the 16 Days campaign on the one hand and then interviewing
Chris Brown, who has been exposed for beating up Rihanna.
"This could have the potential of harming our reputation with female audiences," wrote Van Rooyen in his e-mail.'We are not hypocrites'
then said he would take the matter up with radio group executive Lesley
Ntloko as he felt very strongly about "double standards".
for the SABC Kaizer Kganyago said Mokoena and Mataboge's views were
irrelevant to the business deal made between Metro FM and concert
promoter Canoc Productions.
"The interview never happened because
the promoter never brought the performer, but they would have had to
(conduct the interview) because this was a business agreement we had
"We are not the sponsors of the show and we are not
hypocrites. Chris Brown would be the best person to talk about the 16
Days campaign. Why are we against him confessing and coming out to
admit he was wrong? (Local actor) Patrick Shai did the same thing and
yet he is on our television screens," said Kganyago.
one of the station's DJs, Adil More, has been "taken off schedule" after
he allegedly arrived at work two hours late for his midday weekend
slot. His co-host, Minenhle Dlamini, is likely to run the show on her
own "until further notice".
"The station is having issues with Adil and we've had to not schedule him until the matter is solved," said Kganyago.