According to the Sowetan, the SABC has imposed a ban on the season 8 winner of South African Idols Khaya Mthethwa. “THE SABC has circulated an e-mail to SABC radio station managers banning its stations from interviewing South Africa’s first black Idol, Khaya Mthethwa.”
The article goes on to say that Idols judge and Metro Fm presenter Unathi Msengana confirmed yesterday that she received an e-mail from her station manager Martin Vilakazi, giving her instructions not to do any interviews with Khaya or any of the competitors.
This whole issue has caused an outrage among many South Africans, because just a day ago, we were all united in celebrating the country’s very first ‘black idol’ and now it would seem the SABC has sour grapes, over the fact that the M-net produced Idols managed to garner such widespread support throughout the country, which is something the SABC has never managed with any of its programes.
We can’t help but make it a race issue because there have been Idols winners in previous years and there were never reports of them ever being banned from the SABC, but now that there is a black idol, things seem to have changed.
The only thing that we can hope for is that when Khaya releases his debut album, the South Africans that were united in voting for him can do the same and buy his album.