On again, off again: Robert Marawa leaves SABC

Image credit: Twitter/Marawa Sport Worldwide

Popular sports presenter Robert Marawa has left the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) again, the state broadcaster announced on Friday (30 July).

Vaylen Kirtley, who presented the sport segment of SABC’s TV current affairs show, Morning Live, and anchored for SABC Sport programming, has also left the station.

Robert Marawa’s SABC show ends

“Robert Marawa departs following the conclusion of the MSW (Marawa Sport Worldwide), which [he] presented on both METRO FM and Radio 2000 simultaneously,” SABC said.

“The SABC would like to wish Mr Marawa and Ms Kirtley well in their future endeavours and appreciates their contribution to SABC Sport programming.”

It is unclear why the two presenters have left SABC, which offered no reasons for not renewing MSW. Marawa was yet to comment on his departure at the time of publishing.

Kirtley confirmed the development in a tweet on Thursday. “It is official – thanks to our canteen barrister (Comfort). Tomorrow is my final show on Morning Live,” she wrote.

“I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities, the place I called home @SABCPortal for so long and all the people who walked part of this journey with me.”

On again, off again

Marawa returned to SABC in August 2018 following another departure triggered by “contractual issues,” a development that caused much debate.

“All contractual issues between the organisation and Mr Marawa have been resolved amicably and the SABC looks forward to having Mr Marawa back on board once again,” the broadcaster said at the time.

His latest departure has triggered debate on social media among his fans. Twitter user Sithale Kgaogelo commented, “I wish Robert Marawa can have his own platform.

“He likes to express his own opinion about any social issue. Most employers in that industry prefer someone who’ll overlook things that are happening in the work place or in the country. You keep your bag by signing up for censorship.”

Another user, @Diskipedia, cautioned against conspiracy theories. “Come on guys, Robert Marawa signed a 3-year contract exactly three years ago,” he tweeted.

“The conspiracy theories may be tempting, but the only logical explanation right now is that the contract has run its term (until more info comes up).”

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