SABC presenter suspended

2009-06-24 08:55

Johannesburg - SABC sports presenter Walter Mokoena was suspended following the comments he made about Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana and captain Aaron Mokoena, The Citizen newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Mokoena said Santana and "Mbazo", the captain, must go after the national team's last Confederations Cup group match loss to Spain in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

His comments sparked a public uproar from fans and even some radio personalities who said comments of that nature were not acceptable.

Mokoena is the anchor of the Coca-Cola Soccer Zone show every Monday on SABC 1.

"The SABC has stopped scheduling Walter Mokoena and he has been informed of that and given an opportunity to respond to issues that were put to him.

"All the necessary steps will be followed to make sure that all the programmes he was assigned to will run smoothly until this matter is finalised," said the public broadcaster spokesman Kaizer Kganyago in a statement.


  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:01

    No doubt the ANC meddling in again!!??? That is why we have sports presenters, they should not be just "YesMen", but critisize where critisizm is due, be objective. I also feel that we should not be satisfied and happy with losing 2-0, this breeds mediocricy!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:04

    Typical South Africans! This is what is going to happen no matter he said it first.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:06

    Its absolute rubbish and should not be acceptable that by virtue of being a tv personality u therefore are not entitled to express your opion.

  • Currently Disadvantaged - 2009-06-24 09:07

    Who cares anyways? Joel Santana is just a token white fall guy for when SA doesn't win either the Confed Cup and get kicked out of the world cup next year in the first round. Since there aren't enough pale players on the actual squad to blame if they lose, they had to get a pale coach to blame.

  • Rowan - 2009-06-24 09:07

    we lost 2-0 to the best team in the world. really what did he expect? if we lost to Iraq, or New Zealand then he has reason to say stupid things like that

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:07

    Mokoena is very stupid and his call warrants his suspension. There was no need for him to make that statement or maybe he was trying to impress his new lover.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:08

    Well done to the SABC. Comments such as those made by Mokoena are not only uncalled for, but very disturbing as well. The guy misuses the public broadcaster's platform for reasons best known to him and that rubbish has to stop right now! Besides, the majority of comments so far from respectable soccer personalities applaud Bafana's performance against the number one team in the world. Who is Mokoena? Where did he learn his football?

  • Just a Fan - 2009-06-24 09:08

    Agree with you Anon....surely in a democracy he is entitled to his opinion.....Smacks of ANC meddling...

  • Sono - 2009-06-24 09:09

    I agree with Mokoena's statement regarding Santana, the coach lacks tactics, how can you substitue a player with only 30seconds to go, if he had the intentions of winning against iraq and spain he could have made necessary substitutions in time,it is high time that the technical team get involved in this, remember Santana has nothing to lose

  • Katiso - 2009-06-24 09:09

    why should there be presenter then , i was his opinion , what happened to freedom of expression , i also agree with him, i even clapped my hands after he said that i was watching , and sometimes speaking your mind or the truth here in SA will get you in trouble, dont worry walter you will get going soon

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:10

    Shame poor South Africa, a sport presenter is sadly not allowed to speak his mind. He was making comments on what is his area of profesional experience and he was right. Other commentators have been saying the same thing on Supersport and they are patriotic ex-players!!. Shaun Bartlett has asked for Santana to go because of his poor skills and because he has not bothered to learn to speak english properly which affects how he trains our players. Makoena, our capatain, is not a good leader on the field and should be replaced. These are the views of a lot of people who love SA. We want the best leaders to take us as far as we can go. Walter spoke from his heart, who can say he does not love his country. I support him and hope and pray that Jomo Sono becomes our coach and that the current captain and coach are kicked to the curb permanently because they are passengers that we can do without

  • Kingsley - 2009-06-24 09:10

    i was completely disgusted at the comments made by Walter. As a sports personality you should take a neutral side to these situations. No one cares what his personal thoughts are. What a moron.

  • Mehluli Sibanda - 2009-06-24 09:10

    The SABC authoroties are not serious, suspending a guy for telling the truth. Bafana Bafana will be a huge embarrasment come 2010, that coach who wants to speak English only when the team wins and wants an interptretator when the team loses. Bafana are getting a thorough hiding from Brazil in the Confed Cup semis whether Walter has been suspended or not.

  • Greg - 2009-06-24 09:11

    Jeez, I feel sorry for the guy! This kind of stuff happens in rugby all the time. Although I do feel his comments were harsh he did not deserve this kind of treatment. They are proberbly going to put a "Comrade" in that position now...... DSTV and ETV must be loving this circus!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:11

    Although his comments might has some validity, i don't agree with the forum he used. He has often come across as a arrogant, pompous and self absorbed character, who thinks he owns the programme. So i will definitely not mind if his face is never seen on the screens again.

  • Kerneels - 2009-06-24 09:11

    I don't agree with his comments, but at least he has an opinion. Maybe the guys commenting on the Lions tour for Supersport can learn something from him! (Oh, and at least he didn't star in his own home-movie ala Joost...)

  • small king - 2009-06-24 09:12

    i 100% agree with walter about his comment.As long as we have Santana and Mokwena at bafana,we are going nowhere.I wonder how the coach was hired because he cant even respond to the question asked.I just feel sorry for Walter.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:12

    I fail to understand why Mokoena is being suspended, in reality Santana made us loose in that match, how can you substitute a person in the dying seconds. His tactical decision really suck.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:12

    Walter is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. His presentation skills suck and he has this crude cynicism which sucks. He is the one who must go.

  • Edgar - 2009-06-24 09:13

    Walter is right to express his opinion, we should not have the presenters who are YesMen!!!!!! I also think that Santana he is taking us no where.

  • Katiso - 2009-06-24 09:13

    why should there be presenter then , i was his opinion , what happened to freedom of expression , i also agree with him, i even clapped my hands after he said that i was watching , and sometimes speaking your mind or the truth here in SA will get you in trouble, dont worry walter you will get going soon

  • Ahmed - 2009-06-24 09:14

    I have not seen the programme, but surely as a sports presenter you have an opinion. If a sports presenter is suspended for voicing his feelings then something is seriously wrong in the SABC. Are we really living in a democracy, or a dictatorship?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:14

    Due to his duty he should not comment in that manner, but he just express himself because of emotional he had.

  • rodney - 2009-06-24 09:15

    Not everyone is disappointed with the 2-0 loss against Spain,if we can look back to where Bafana Bafana comes from i gues comments of Walter Mokwena were out of oder.For God sake on national TV it was unprofessional and it because of guys like him people can start having negative attitude towards Bafana Bafana.Everyone has weaknesses so Santana and Aaron does have them too.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:15

    Mokoena's comments should not be le to slide. By virtue of being a TV personality you have to be a YesMan when on the job because u represent your employers at that time. He has a ryte to his opinion but not on the platform that he used. I think it's very painful for Mokoena to think...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:15

    He was saying what was on his mind them, hopefully he regrets saying it on air,but with what happened in the match i blamed them to, sorry man but i don't think he must loose his job for this

  • realist4sa - 2009-06-24 09:15

    haha, the SABC is really falling apart now!!! He's an excellent presenter and just maybe should Supersport make him an offer... I agreed with what he said though. If we can't even lose good against the Spanish then something must be very wrong in the Bafana camp. Since losing 2 - 3 against Spain in the 2002 SWC (lose good), we have really hit a brick wall and become the laughing stock of Africa and the World! Our players demands bonusses but can't beat Iraq, beats a non-soccer country, New Zealand 2 - 0 and looked like New Zealand when we lost 2 - 0 to Spain. I hope his lawyers f**** them up.

  • Previously Disadvantaged - 2009-06-24 09:16

    Currently disadvantaged you such a moron.........what does colour have to do with this anyway???????

  • Disgusted Bafana Fan - 2009-06-24 09:16

    I fully agree with Mokoena. It doesnt mean that when he is a tv presenter he is not expected to express his views. At the end of the day he is a South African. Shows why the SABC are in such a mess cause they dont know what they are doing........idiots

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:16

    I must admit i think a comment like that truly warrants a suspension. When i heard him say that and even the look on his face... just who does he think he is? He is a very good presenter, but wow, there are boundaries. Like taking your personal opinions to the privacy of your own lounge. Not the whole of SA

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:16

    Does everything have to be about RACE?!

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  • Dave - 2009-06-24 09:20

    Walter is an excellent, entertaining and knowledgeable presenter. Hopefully Supersport will snap him up. I didn't know there was anyone left at the SABC with firing power ! Disgraceful.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:20

    I't sad for a really south african to comment like that to a current Coach and Captain for the Country public. The man really need a displinary hearing. How can he give a final answer to unfinish game?

  • rgrant - 2009-06-24 09:20

    When Bafana win they get glory. When they lose they should be given electro-shock and water-boarding therapy.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:20

    The boy is just idiot....he must remember that he's @ work and play by the rules and his contract....he is a presenter for heaven sake

  • Mahoota - 2009-06-24 09:21

    So does it means that TV presenters are not entitled to Freedom of speech and freedom of Expression in the Bill of Rights of the SA constitution? Walter should have requested Julius Malema to say those words on his behalf, his job would be safe now.

  • Previously Disadvantaged - 2009-06-24 09:21

    Currently Disadvantaged, your argument is a strong 1. That's why we employed a not-so-pale coach for the Springboks :) Now what ?

  • walter - 2009-06-24 09:21

    i think SABC is being hush on waaaaalteeeeer coz SA is a democratic country where 1 can express his/her own opinion. jus bcoz he's presenting on a public broadcaster then doesn't make him an exception. what if those words were said by one of the analist pannel? Leave walter alone and focus on MBAZO who even Willem Jackson could play well in his position...... wa re jesa daai man.. PERIOD

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:21

    A lot of questions were asked when this nobody was hired, Walter is right SANTANA was not suppose to be here at the first place. SAFA made a big blunder, failling to qualify for 2010 Angola AFCON the man should have received his marching orders.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:21

    Very worrying that in the democratic South Africa freedom of speech has been erased. What freedoms are going to go next? If you are not careful you will wake up one day to find yourself living under a despot. (And I am black so please don't start your racist rantings)

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:22

    So much for free speech???

  • Sharp - 2009-06-24 09:23

    No matter how "stupid" or unfair is comments were, why on Earth should he be suspended? Didn't insult anyone, just passed a comment, and either the viewers like it or not, he's entitled to have an opinion. Anyway, it's again the SABC at its best!

  • tebogo - 2009-06-24 09:24

    @Currently Disadvantaged Are you FREE or are you DOM? me thinks the latter, lat ek dit in jou eie taal se, JY IS DOM, there are no quotas in soccer because we have never denied witous the chance to play the game, thats why in the 80's you had witous playing amongst darkies, we dont need to blame a witou if we loose. and for your information watch the game tomorrow and say the same things, we are going to beat the Brazilians, with Brazilian coach, how is that?

  • D - 2009-06-24 09:24

    Silly man. It's so much easier to criticize than to create!

  • Singatha - 2009-06-24 09:24

    I think expressing your view is OK, but being angry and judging the final decision through anger is not a solution. Mbazo throughout this tournament is doing well with Booth partnership. Walter I think he was wrong for saying they must go. The team losing against Spain was not ok, because the coach was at least suppose to change one or two players after we conceded the 1st goal. But overall we are not doing bad, lets just support the boys for the same final which I think they will surprise us with a good performance. For Walter, even top players do mistakes, Roberto for Italy missed the penalty in 1994 World Cup, John Terry missed the penalty in 2007/8 Champions League, this is football mistakes are part of the game.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:24

    What happen to freedom of speech and journalism?He was expressing his opinion is his capacity as a soccer analyst presenting a show , what is worng with what he said?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:25

    Hey aren't we a DEMOCRATIC country? What happened to freedom of expression? Lots of other people have endured critical comments? Is Bafana Bafana sacred? Oh don't get confused I support them but I support freedom of speech even more?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-06-24 09:25

    Walter sorry broer that you have become the victim of an already sinking SABC ship. I know there are codes and ethics that goes with being the presenter of a public broadcaster. You were just telling it as it is, why not? If you can't speak on behalf of millions of viewers then who will?

  • JB - 2009-06-24 09:25

    I have been expecting this moment. Walter has always been too clever for his job. He needs to listen to himself and beware of the audience he is speaking to before he makes controversial statements. This is not the first time that this guy is suspended...he does not understand what public broadcasting means! Walter my man u haven't been taught well.