Official statement from YFM

Written by on 1st Nov 2019

On October 16, it was brought to our attention via YFM social media platforms that independent contractor, Camagwini Mavovana, appointed as senior content producer, had posted racially discriminatory commentary on her personal social media account relating to a matter of broad public interest. The post in question stated the following: “Nicholas is representing his race well. Amnesia is something they’re good at, especially when they have to take accountability. Let the dog rot in jail and call it a day.”

YFM stands for a united society and encourages non-racialism, a principle enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The station is mindful of its role and power in shaping and influencing the mindsets of young people and endeavours to create a platform of open, transparent and inclusive conversation.

As the voice of young people, the station is cognisant of its responsibility to ensure a considered balance between various rights afforded to all South Africans and the responsibilities in relation to those rights. In as much as we promote and encourage freedom of expression, we cannot ignore that full enjoyment of a right could infringe on other rights.

YFM does not and will not tolerate racism or racist remarks in any form, from anyone.

There is no excuse for the statement made by Ms Mavovana and the station unequivocally condemns it. The offensive comments do not reflect the views and values of YFM.

Ms Mavovana was immediately suspended following Management being made aware of the post. After careful consideration, Ms Mavovana’s contract with YFM has been terminated.

Haseena Cassim – Managing Director: YFM


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