By Angie Nkuna
GIYANI- The gloves are off between Giyani Community Radio (GCR) FM, The Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) and The Giyani Revolutionary Task Team (GRTT), this has emerged after the decision taken by GGM to have interdicted the festival (organised by GCR FM), which was set to take place at the municipal Multipurpose facility last Saturday.
The municipality says it has interdicted the festival for the following reasons amongst others:
Organizer’s failure to apply for the venue. Failure to comply with the public gathering Act, which seeks to protect those in attendance.
With such gross none compliance, the municipality has duly served the organizers with court interdict to stop the event. This is to safeguard the lives of those who would attend.
You are therefore all advised that the event is not happening at multipurpose as per court order, concluded the statement issued GGM spokesperson, Steven Mavunda.
GCR FM after learning that GGM has interdicted the festival released a statement accusing the municipality and The SAPS of trying to be in control of the station. Read the full statement below:
Former GCR Marketing Manager, co- founder and chief negotiator when GCR FM was established, Cliff Moraba has been once quoted saying GGM has played a crucial role in making sure that GCR FM exits.
Giyani View has learned that during 2012/13 GGM was approached by GCR FM to help in the establishment of the station, continuous support, accommodation and funding.
With the understanding that GCR is a community radio station and not a private enterprise, the municipality agreed to come on board. The municipality became a stakeholder and supported in the following:
Municipality paid the lease agreement for GCR for the whole year (2013/08/19) to 2014 /08/19. Granted GCR an amount of R100 000 as start – up capital. Paid for electricity to Eskom at R9500 per month. Paid rental rates and services for the rented property.
In the media statement released by GGM in February 2017, the Municipality has outlined that in doing all the above, the municipality was lending a helping hand as a stakeholder involved in all community activities within its jurisdiction.
We cannot over emphasise enough the fact that the municipality has 31 ward councillors who represents 91 villages in the community of Giyani, and as such we are deeply rooted in the community that GCR covers.
It therefore becomes our concern when a supposed community radio station that we also support financially, flouts good governance in the form of dysfunctional board. Our interest is only in seeing the station being run correctly and as per its licence Agreement and Conditions.
The insinuation that we intend to take the station off-air is not true. Meanwhile to ensure that a solution to the challenges is found, we shall continue engaging the relevant stakeholders such as Icasa and the Ministry of Communications as we have been doing the past few months.
All other allegations are nothing but malicious attempts by the station to rubbish our genuine concerns, concluded the statement.
Meanwhile, Gift Chavani of GRTT released a statement stating that GCR FM is running a new propaganda to hide and mislead the people through an emotional project that portrays GCR FM like victims. Read the full statement below: