Hot91.9fm managing director Lloyd Madurai said in a statement that Martinengo’s comment on Tuesday was “an unfortunate and completely unacceptable incident”.
The comment was made on the Breakfast Show that Martinengo hosted.
“During the course of the broadcast‚ a reference was made by anchor presenter‚ Sasha Martinengo‚ who said‚ ‘And people still listen to this monkey‚’ referring to Mr Julius Malema.
“Notwithstanding the presenter’s immediate and unreserved apology‚ the station has forthwith elected to remove him from all involvement with the radio station with immediate effect. Furthermore‚ the station hereby issues a public apology to Mr Malema and deeply regrets any adverse inference that the conduct of the presenter has had‚” said Madurai.
Mashego said the EFF had met with the management of the Joburg-based station.
“We met with the managing director‚ and they apologised. We really appreciate the fact that they saw wrongdoing and fired him on the spot. That’s how racists must be treated; you fire them immediately and meet at the CCMA.”
Mashego said the party would put pressure on the CCMA not to entertain the case.
“Wrong things must not be negotiated‚” she said.
Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele confirmed that a case had been opened‚ but could not provide details at the time of publishing.
Martinengo’s lawyer‚ Cliff Alexander‚ was contacted but could not give immediate comment. This story will be updated – or a follow-up issued – when that comment is provided.