Phemelo Motene said she will not be silenced by people who think she’s not entitled to an opinion as a radio presenter.
Phemelo and her Twitter followers were part of a heated debate that moved from the airwaves to the TL earlier this week after the actor/radio presenter exchanged some heated responses with her listeners who had different opinions and ideas about whether South Africa should be helping to feed illegal immigrants during the covid-19 pandemic.
Phemelo said she believed needy children no matter their citizenship or place of birth deserved to be fed during these hard times we are facing. Some people didn’t take her opinion lightly and it sparked a head-to-head debate.
The debate became emotional and tense on Phumelo’s SAfm show that it made it’s way to Twitter. More and more listeners made it to her timeline to tell her that they didn’t appreciate her opinion and the tone with which she used while making her point.
Some followers went as far as accusing Phemelo of trying to “impose her views” on her listeners and being overly emotional.
“It’s common for social media to expect one to just allow the bullying Not today, let them say what the 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,” she said
Initially, Phemelo tried to explain where she was coming from and why she wouldn’t back down from her point of view no matter what was thrown her way.
“Guys, I am not going to apologise for being emotional, please. Everyone had a chance…we didn’t agree but he had a chance. What do you want, for me not to have an opinion? Am really confused by your judgement,” Phemelo said.
The heated exchange continued, it was clear that neither Phemelo nor her followers seemed determined to “lose” the debate. According to Timeslive threads of reporting Phemelo to the ombudsman and making her “fall” on social media were made, the radio host also came for them guns blazing.
“Standing up for something is not imposing, it’s called standing up for a principal and I never asked you to agree, what I will not allow is to keep trying to shut me up.”
“It’s always a woman presenter told to keep cool, not to be emotional. Why can’t I be clear when the opinion is mine, why should I shy away from taking responsibility for my opinion?” She asked.
Phemelo added on and said those who continued to “attack” her to take the matter forward if they wished to
“Being a listener doesn’t give you the right to come here and bully me. I told you to go ahead and send a formal complaint. Geez.”