GCR is in a lot of trouble, or under attack, depending on how you look at it. The Giyani based radio station has accused the municipality of political interference. While the municipality and a number of community members accuse GCR of corruption and mismanagement of funds.
It is reported that GCR staff members were taken off air and locked out of the premises by the municipality due to the station being in rental areas of R390, 160. GCR has not denied owing the municipality. The municipality is clear on wanting a new board and management.
“There have been many attempts to hijack the station by the committee led by Mr. Eric Nkovani (Penny Penny) and this was played out in the meetings which the committee had asked us to attend. In all the meetings GCR FM management and the board were given instructions to vacate the premises and leave the station. We have refused these attempts and also ICASA and department of communications is aware of all this illegal acts.” – Prenomen Chavani, GCR Stations Manager
The issues between GCR and Greater Giyani Municipality are very personal and dirty in nature; however, both sides are not providing evidence to support any of their allegations. The community continues to speculate and comment on the situation;
“Vanhu va giyani byelani pree amimbyela ntiyiso.ntiyiso i ku veka mhaka erivaleni.xana maswitiva kuri kuna vanhu lava holaka R500 loko themba,dida na rodney va kuma R5,000 plus na leyi va yi dyaka ya ti advert.xana maswitiva kuri rodney u thorile munhu loyi atirhaka ka Old mutual ke loyi kunga girlfriend yakwe.vugangu axitincini ahaha vuli.mali leyi rodney anga xava xikorokoro y vanga ngetelanga vahaxi.last month va nyikiwile R1500.vona va kuma ti R10,000.maswitiva kuri chabani u xavile mimovha hi mavito ya nsati ke?masipala awu teki radio,no no no kambe wu lava ku tisa ku ncinca loku kunga ta tsakisa na va haxi.xana swa tsakisa loko vanga tleli va minyika na mafanya hala tlhelo rodney,dida,themba na pree vadya mali ke.?pree byela giyani ntiyiso leswaku le ka gcr a wu holeli vatirhi.phumzile u hola double payment.xana i ku hluvukisa giyani loko u tirha hi vugangu.rodney u xanisa mhana yena u endle yini hi swona as murhangeri ke?u hlongolo dikeledi makhubele eka marketing u ku anga ta tiva xihundla plus na leswiya anga kala kuya ejoni na wena.pree lunghisa mhaka ya wena na masipala unga katsi vanhu hi ku mali midya miri 4.i mufambisi wa njhani wo lunghisa mhaka hi face book?swa ti komba kuri kuna leswi tumbetiwaka.” – Dzunane Baloyi (on Facebook)
This is a time for a leader to take decisive action, media statements are inappropriate hi Xitsonga because they are impersonal. Both GCR and GGM used their media statements to take shots at each other and failed to engage the community.
Interview on MLFM between GCR FM & GGM representatives;
Hi ta ku swi yini loko xiyimo xi ri hi ndlela leyi?
Image source: gcrfm.co.za