Absa Premiership

Marawa dismissal: 'Like playing for Chiefs and Pirates at the same time'

2019-05-20 12:53
Robert Marawa
Robert Marawa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Asked to comment on the decision of SuperSport to dispense with the services of high-profiled soccer and sports broadcaster Robert Marawa, who also works for the SABC, an official commented that it was "like playing for Chiefs and Pirates at the same time”.

"It was inconceivable," he added by way of explanation following the termination of a situation that has caused a great deal of controversy and indignation among Marawa's not inconsiderable band of followers - and further afield as well.

Marawa, for his part, has intimated that his effective axing by SuperSport was due to the disclosures he made about sexual harassment within the organisation.

And now adding further intrigue to what is already a heated debate is the suggestion that some members of the PSL were not out of the picture when close associates SuperSport took their decision on Marawa and were unhappy with what was described as his "judgemental and autocratic" approach and critical comment.

This argument is supported by the fact that Marawa was summarily dumped as one of the announcers at the PSL's sumptuous awards function in Durban over the weekend - an annual event in which he is invariably associated.

But if the PSL had hoped to halt Marawa's bombast by removing him from his public platform with SuperSport, it will instead have little influence in view of the fact that most of the bravado dispensed was reserved for the SABC radio's segment of his work and his SuperSport TV broadcasts, while colourful and diverse, were a great deal more diplomatic and less biting in criticism.

In the meantime, Marawa's army of followers are bellowing "foul", voicing their indignation and threatening to end their subscriptions with SuperSport - something that is unlikely to happen when tempers cool down.

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