A popular radio presenter in South Africa has been fired by the public broadcaster, SABC, for calling President Jacob Zuma a “zombie” in a Facebook post, the privately owned News 24 site has reported.
Radio Lotus presenter Ravi Govender’s contract was terminated because of concerns that he had brought the public broadcaster into disrepute, SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago was quoted by News24 as saying.
Mr Govender has not commented since his dismissal, but had earlier apologised for the post that he said he had put up in anger after listening to a speech by the scandal-hit Mr Zuma at the governing African National Congress’ (ANC) policy conference in the main city, Johannesburg, on Friday
Mr Zuma’s son, Edward, accused Mr Govender of hate speech, and threatened legal action against him.
Mr Zuma has refused to bow to public pressure to resign despite being dogged by allegations of corruption.