Supersport fires presenter Robert Marawa via SMS a few hours before show
POPULAR sports TV and radio presenter Robert Marawa was taken off SuperSport on Thursday night, less than two hours before the show that bears his name went live on air
He was informed via SMS that he was fired, just before hosting his weekly “Thursday Night Live with Marawa Show”.
Marawa revealed this on social media a few minutes after he received the SMS message writing, “I received a text around 18H50 tonight informing me that I should not bother coming to Studio for Thursday Night Live with Marawa Show on @SuperSportTV … I would like to thank all those who have supported my journey as a Sportscaster & those I’ve worked with at Supersport!”
While Marawa did not reveal the exact reasons behind the dismissal, the abrupt nature of his dismissal has led to rabid speculation on social media on why he was fired.
When he was asked directly by one of his followers, Marawa chose to be coy only saying:
The consensus on social media, however, seems to be that Marawa was fired for allegedly standing up against sexual harassment at the broadcaster following some cryptic tweets he posted earlier on. See below:
He had also retweeted a post by TS Galaxy FC announcing that one of their players, defender Sizwe Mdlinzo, would appear on his SuperSport show on Thursday night.
Marawa’s fans expressed their unhappiness with the news of his departure, and asked once again why he was told not to appear on the show, he replied: “One day u will ALL know. It will cost me my life but u will know.”
His co-presenter Thato Moeng handled the show on her own, with some of the guests being Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis, former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey, and the recently retired duo Teko Modise and Siyabonga Nomvethe.
Moeng said on a number of occasions on air that it was the “last show”, although it was not clear if she meant the last one of the season or whether the show would be taken off air permanently.
Marawa had also posted a tweet in the early hours of Thursday morning, where he spoke about ‘The Mafia’, and then replied to someone by saying “Working and reflecting….Imagine paying for a service where people who r guilty of sexual harassment r employed and encouraged to work!! Lovely hey….”.