24 March 2015 – ANGRY Limpopo residents and members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) gathered last Friday to protest against Metro FM DJ Sbu’s comment that people from the province are “stupid”.
Scores of people met at The Chuene near Polokwane where they dumped Sbu’s CDs, as well as those of fellow TS Records artists, including Nhlanhla Nciza and Zahara. in protest at the popular DJ’s tweets last week.
Sbu ruffled feathers when he called Limpopo citizens “baris” (idiots) during the EFF’s election manifesto launch, held at his home town Tembisa last weekend.
He later apologised on MetroFM during Sakina Kamwendo’s show on Tuesday.
But the citizens rejected the apology and say he did not show remorse because his apology was pregnant with “too many buts”.
The residents also decided to boycott music and festivals that feature Sbu and artists from his record stable.
The residents say they will also petition the SABC to fire him from his Saturday radio show Sound Revival and TV programme Friends Like These, which airs on SABC1.
Biko Mphoka, a community member and the organiser of the protest, confirms that they assembled at the venue on Friday.
“Our intention was to burn the CDs, but the provincial leadership of EFF convinced us not to do so until they have exhausted all channels in dealing with this,” he says.
Limpopo EFF convener Mike Mathebe confirms that a sizeable crowd gathered at the resort and dumped the CDs.
“We know emotions are running high, but we felt that burning the CDs is not going to be the solution.
“We agreed that we should petition the SABC to fire him, otherwise we are going to boycott his shows and that will result in the station losing advertising revenue,” he says.
Mathebe says they will also engage with ANC structures in the province to join forces with them and get them to support their cause.
“You must know that he did not insult EFF members only but the people of Limpopo.
“So this is not an EFF matter but one that affects everybody,” he says.
Nciza dismisses as cheap politicking the decision to petition the the SABC to fire Sbu.
The defiant Nciza says there will be no “no-go areas” for his artists and they will perform anywhere without fear.
“DJ Sbu has apologised. I mean, he himself calls himself a bari from Tembisa and he is a Pedi boy.
“So why should people even label him a tribalist?” says Nciza.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago says they have not yet received the petition. Sunday World