Controversial Sizok’thola host, Xolani Khumalo, has been sacked.
In a statement released by Moja Love, the channel revealed it had terminated its relationship with the TV personality, adding that it would not comment further on the matter.
Khumalo, who is currently out on bail, faces murder charges after an alleged drug dealer lost his life during the taping of the show.
The show, which aired on Moja Love, was a quick hit with South African audiences, exposing drug dealers and corrupt government officials.
Khumalo’s loyal supporter and Put South Africa First member, Faith Mabusela, says the channel’s decision risks undoing Khumalo’s good work.
PRESS STATEMENT pic.twitter.com/TBFuIifl5C— MojaLoveTv DStv Channel 157 (@MojaLoveTv) November 3, 2023
South African audiences have headed online to share their reactions to the news.
One social media user criticised the channel for abandoning Khumalo at his lowest, while another says the decision to scrap the host was a long time coming.
Meanwhile, others slammed Moja Love for destroying Khumalo’s reputation.
The worrying part about Xolani Khumalo being dropped by Moja Love is that he has not only lost his job.— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) November 3, 2023
He has lost the security that came with his job. No more bodyguards, unless if he can afford to retain them.
He also now loses the legal backing of SiyayaTV (Moja Love) in… pic.twitter.com/9OdBTwTtNL
Xolani fought drug dealers and got accused of murder and is now fired on MojaLove.— Ms SthembiD❤💰📖 (@SthembiD) November 3, 2023
Fight crime at your risk in SouthAfrica . pic.twitter.com/FxtH8TFXag
Imagine risking your life like Xolani Khumalo the next thing they distance themselves from you 💔Not fair at all— #fikz (@Fikz_the_Cook) November 3, 2023
I hope he is safe where ever he is 💔
Drug Dealers are now controlling Moja love. They are making sure that Xolani is suffering for fighting with drugs. pic.twitter.com/qnZV9skNFB— Zwely🇿🇦 (@Zwely10111) November 3, 2023
Khumalo, through his foundation, says he has been caught off guard by the decision, maintaining that he will continue his work to rid the country of drug peddlers.
He is expected to return to court on the 21st of this month.
Written by: Naomi Kobbie