Lesley Musina defends Rapulana from radio hate

13 May 2018 - 11:00 By Kyle Zeeman
Rapulana Seiphemo recently joined Motsweding FM.
Rapulana Seiphemo recently joined Motsweding FM.
Image: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Sibusiso Msibi

Former Muvhango actor Lesley Musina has defended Generations: The Legacy actor Rapulana Seiphemo in the face of criticism from Motsweding FM listeners about his Setswana and pleaded with them to give him time to settle.

According to Daily Sun, the star's radio career has got off to a bumpy start with him and other new presenters Refilwe Modiselle and Amon Mokoena apparently being called out for not nailing the language of the station. 

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Rapulana was not able to comment about the complaints but said he was still a part of the station and denied missing his debut show.

"I am still with the station. I am on my way to an event with them now. I didn't miss my first show and I think it went well."

Meanwhile, Lesley took to social media to respond to the reports and defend his friends.

In a lengthy post he said that he had yet to tune into Rapulana's and Refilwe's shows, but was aware of Rapulan's abilities.

"Bra Raps speaks good Setswana, this is also substantiated by my friends from Mahikeng. He’s a seasoned performer, entertainer and surely he’ll get used to radio techniques. When it comes to the new presenters on Motsweding, my plea to the listeners who may be disgruntled is that give them time to settle."

SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo told TshisaLIVE that any complaints should be sent to them for the broadcaster to look into and address.

“The SABC takes concerns and complaints raised by listeners seriously, however in order for station management to address any issues or concerns raised swiftly, listeners should send and submit their complaints in writing specifying the exact incidents (name of the show, date of the incident and detailed information on what transpired)."

She added that "presenters and producers have regular production meetings and snoop sessions with the programme managers" and this offers the chance to address any issues.