'To use the monkey slur and not understand the racial overtone, is a problem'

Media personality Sasha Martinengo has defended the comments he made on radio, in which he called EFF leader Julius Malema a "monkey".

Hot91.9fm fired Martinengo with immediate effect following his remarks on the breakfast show. He said: “[And] people still listen to this monkey.”

Breakfast Show Host Bongani Bingwa had this to say about the incident:

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I am a breakfast show host and I have worked for many years in my career to get to this point. And certainly, Sasha Martinengo was an experienced broadcaster with an incredible reputation in South African broadcasting. I think he loved his job, I don't think he set out to lose it, that just doesn't make any sense.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

So did he then sit and think long and hard about the offence it would cause and the reaction that would come?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

I don't think so, but that doesn't make it less wrong. Penny Sparrow, Mable Jansen, Adam Catzavelos, there are many names to mention.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

We keep being told that these are the exception; these are the extreme examples, but something is not quite right with that explanation. There are simply too many examples to think of.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

To use the monkey slur and not understand the racial overtone and not understand why people will see it that way is a problem.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

And as I say, I don't think he set out to do it, so what does that tell us about how deeply embedded these ideas are, these conversations are, particularly in white South Africa.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

What do people say really at their dinner tables, what are people saying really at their braais, in their WhatsApp groups? Don't come and tell me that this is an exception, the fact that a seasoned broadcaster would be willing to say something like that on air and stand by it.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

The fact that there have been so many messages of support on social media, callers to this station, that tells you that we haven't had an honest conversation and this thing is going to keep on happening until we admit what the problem is.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Because I will tell you the truth, these are not exceptions, these are ones we hear about.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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