Phemelo Motene, Gets Backlash For Suggesting That Foreigners Be Given Aid

Phemelo Motene, received major backlash on twitter for suggesting whether illegal immigrants in the country should be given food parcels as aid, during the lockdown period.

She mentioned that kids deserve to be fed regardless of how they got into the country and was told to “Feed them with her own money”

The actress and radio presenter was not going to allow bullies to censor her, be it on radio and social media. Her thoughts are that each and every child should be given food, but that did not sit well with her listeners and followers.

Having a difference in opinion is healthy however, SAfm listeners did not appreciate the manner in which she relayed her thoughts as some were adamant that she was enforcing her beliefs on others.

Accused of letting her emotions get the best of her, she found herself having to defend her actions on the timeline as listeners were not prepared to let it go.

Phemelo expressed her disappointment towards people who are ‘okay’ with letting Zimbabwean kids starve and not receive food because they are in the country illegally. She then engaged in a heated exchange with her followers.

“It’s common for social media to expect one to just allow the bullying. Not today, let them say what they want … it will never sit well with me to deny a child food because they are Zimbabwean, the same way a South African child too shouldn’t be denied food.

“Guys, I am not going to apologise for being emotional, please. Everyone had a chance… we didn’t agree but he had a change. What do you want, for me not to have an opinion? Am really confused by your judgement,”

Phemelo was not prepared to lose the argument even after numerous threats to report her to ombudsman, she told people to go ahead and lodge a formal complaint.


“Even though presenters have the right to opinions, all employees are governed by rules set by the SABC. Which is why the SABC will investigate this matter, and will take the necessary precautions,” said Mmoni.

SABC spokesperson, Mmoni Seapolelo, spoke to Isolezwe and said they will be investigating the matter formally to see whether the presenter broke any broadcasting rules.

Source – Zalebs

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