Giyani Community Radio (GCR) FM studios. Photo supplied/ unknown source.

By: Otto Ngoveni

GIYANI – The ongoing case between GCR FM and Thembhani Gift Maswanganyi who’s famously known as Thembhani Chabani, has been postponed again by the Giyani magistrate’s court on Monday the 15th of January 2018.

Maswanganyi is expected to appear again in court on the 22nd of February 2018, this was announced after the prosecutor’s plea to postpone the case due to insufficient evidence in this case, as a matter of fact, he indicated that there is still one statement which is outstanding and be that as it may, Maswanganyi’s legal representative, Adv. Sibusiso Mnguni brought the matter into attention that the previous postponement was the last, however the magistrate, Moses Zitha deemed it necessary for the case to be postponed.



Maswanganyi (35) is facing one count of assault where he allegedly tempered with GCR FM’s belongings. Currently Maswanganyi is out on R5000-00 bail which was granted during his first appearance on Monday the 23rd of October 2017.

Maswanganyi is well known as a politician, voice of the voiceless and an inspiration to many youth and according to a statement he damaged property belonging to GCR FM and the property is said to cost a total amount of R41 000, which amongst the property they’ve included broadcasting machine, a car and a window.

Maswanganyi was arrested on Saturday the 21st of October 2017 after handing himself over after there was a trend that said police are looking for him after the strike he organized on Friday 20th of October 2017 where they were fighting corruption that’s allegedly taking place at the Giyani-based radio station GCR FM.

In his memorandum of grievances, he indicated that the station manager Gezani Norman Chauke who’s known as Prenorman Chabane but famously known as Mr Pre has got bad way of dealing with station funds that plays a vital role in oppressing presenter’s rights.