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DJ Fresh stands firm: I offered to apologise two weeks ago

09 July 2019 - 08:28 By Kyle Zeeman
DJ Fresh says he offered to apologise two weeks ago.
DJ Fresh says he offered to apologise two weeks ago.
Image: Simphiwe Mkhwanazi/2016 Loerie Awards

DJ Fresh has responded to claims that he has apparently refused to apologise for foul language on air that landed him in hot water with the BCCSA and saw him being yanked off radio for more than three weeks.

Fresh was taken off air after a complaint was lodged with the Broadcasting Commission of SA (BCCSA) alleging that Fresh used an adaption of the isiZulu swear word "msunery" in response to a listener on air.

In a separate incident he allegedly told another listener to "stop tweeting from his ar**".

SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu confirmed to TshisaLIVE that the public broadcaster had been found guilty by the BCCSA for Fresh's offensive language and that Fresh had been told of the decision.

Sunday World reported over the weekend that after receiving a letter from the SABC telling him of their decision and his need to apologise on air, Fresh allegedly wrote back through his lawyers and refused. They added that Fresh's team had allegedly given the SABC an ultimatum that he be reinstated immediately.

DJ Fresh slammed the claims in a statement issued on Monday night and said he had offered an apology two weeks ago.

"Contrary to the disinformation being deliberately spread, I actually offered to apologise unreservedly... two weeks ago!"

Fresh said he had met with management at the SABC and made the offer to apologise.

"A scheduled meeting between Fresh and the SABC occurred when the two weeks lapsed and Fresh agreed to apologise unreservedly".

It claimed that the dispute came not from the apology but from the SABC's decision to keep him off air for an additional three weeks, with him losing out on much needed income during this time.

"Being booked off air for two weeks was punitive, no income for that duration was punishment enough. The additional three weeks off air feels purely punitive," the statement continued. 

While the SABC told TshisaLIVE on Monday that they had requested for Fresh to return to work on July 15, the star said he was still unable to say when he would return.

"While I have had memorable moments on air, I have also had mishaps. I am passionate about what I do. While my choice of words have not always been correct, I speak from the heart and keep it authentic. I would like to be back on air but don't know when that will be."

Meanwhile, DJ Fresh visited the set of Newzroom Afrika on Tuesday, having been invited by host Sizwe Dhlomo.

Social media users flooded Twitter with memes and comments on his appearance.