UPDATE: Nothing to be sorry about – Jacaranda’s Tumi Morake

Martin Bester and Tumi Morake. Photo: Get It Online

Jacaranda FM came under fire on Tuesday afternoon after it was confirmed that trade union Solidarity sent a lawyer’s letter to the radio station demanding the recordings of host Tumi Morake, after she allegedly made racial remarks.

The radio station declined to give any further comment on the matter. It did, however, confirm that it does support a non-racial society and does not condone hate speech in any form.

“The station’s on-air content aims to promote important and meaningful discussions, with the intention of building and uniting South Africa as a nation,” said general manager Kevin Fine.

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He said having these crucial conversations were an important feature of their role in society.

“As a radio station, we support the need to have these conversations and are committed to playing our part in facilitating them by allowing for the expression of a variety of different viewpoints and perspectives,” he said.

Morake spoke about the incident on air during the breakfast show on Wednesday morning, saying she had nothing to be sorry about.

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She said that white people were the bullies on the playground that stole bicycles from black people, and instead of being punished for the theft, they now had to share the bike and play together.

The remarks unleashed a wave of opinions and comments from Jacaranda listeners on social media. Some listeners voiced their support while others reacted with disdain:

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Danielle Garrett
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