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LotusFMCity Press writes that the culture of toxic masculinity that has infected Lotus FM over the past two decades is finally being exposed and dealt with.  At noon on Friday, Alvin Pillay, station manager at Lotus FM, left his office at the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) Durban headquarters. 

He was not carrying his laptop bag as usual.  Apparently, he was one of almost a dozen men suspended last week and asked to hand in their SABC property, including security access cards.  This followed letters served earlier in the week inviting the men to respond as to why they should not be suspended.  The embattled radio station was at the centre of investigations by a commission of inquiry into sexual harassment at the SABC.  The allegations ranged from sex-for-jobs claims to a manager wanting a woman staffer to touch his erect penis and a historic case of violent assault.  Many of the Lotus FM complainants lost their jobs or resigned shortly afterwards, and the SABC has publicly acknowledged that management failed the women.  But more women at Lotus came forward last week, even as the public broadcaster prepared for disciplinary hearings.  On Friday, the SABC’s HR boss, Jonathan Thekiso, confirmed that the new cases were “being taken seriously and will be dealt with swiftly”.

  • Read Charl Blignaut’s original report in this regard in full at City Press

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