[By : Radiobiz Reporter]
A complaint has recently been lodged with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa against Kaya FM’s breakfast team for derogatory remarks. The complainant, T Thobejane, has based the complaint on a comment that was made on the 28th of January where unemployed people were allegedly said to have body odour. The skit where member of 180 with Bob, Kuli Roberts, is supposedly to have said “unemployed people smell,” has been viewed by Thobejane as distasteful.
The broadcaster responded by saying, “these are a series of parody political party manifestos that the breakfast show team members put together” and that they “cannot single out Kuli’s comments in isolation to her other team members and that this was positioned as a parody around political parties releasing their campaign manifestos.”
It was deduced that there are certain problematic aspects to the complaint: firstly, the Complainant complains on behalf of “unemployed people” (a category that she herself is implicitly not part of). The complaint assumes that “unemployed people” constitute a category that needs special protection (as with children, the aged and physically and mentally disabled persons)
After consideration of the facts before the BCCSA found that there is no infringement of the Code and the complaint is not upheld.