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Ngizwe Mchunu Loses Ambassadorial Role with JAC Motors Over Malema Insults

Published December 30, 2023
7 months ago

The storm shows no signs of abating for the embattled former Ukhozi FM presenter, Ngizwe Mchunu, as he finds himself in the midst of a fresh controversy that has led to significant professional repercussions. South Africa witnessed a notable scandal unfolding in the public eye when Ngizwe Mchunu was reported to have made offensive statements against the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, last December.


The implications of his actions were swift and decisive; JAC Motors South Africa, with whom Mchunu had an ambassadorial agreement, promptly severed ties with him. The company, which had provided Mchunu with one of their vehicles, ordered its return by the close of business on the 29th of December. In a public statement, the company conveyed its vehement disapproval of Mchunu’s "tribalistic and divisive" commentary.


"To live freely anywhere in South Africa and to travel between provinces without any obstruction is a fundamental right of every South African citizen," pronounced Sicelo Nyandeni, CEO of JAC Motors. Such principles stand in stark contrast to the implications of Mchunu’s remarks, according to the company's leaders and the EFF's KZN branch members who held discussions with JAC Motors before the company announced their decision.


The incident escalated after a controversial video of Mchunu surfaced on social media. In the video, Mchunu is heard making disrespectful and belittling comments towards Malema, referring to him derogatorily as a "boy", amongst other unfavorable remarks. The backlash following the video’s circulation was significant, drawing widespread criticism and prompting discussions about the responsible usage of social media for public figures.


Daily Sun's efforts to reach out to Mchunu for a comment were met with a statement from his office announcing its closure for the December holidays while acknowledging the "controversy and propaganda" stirred by the EFF. Mchunu's response to the situation has been slated for the 5th of January 2024 where he promised to address these provocations and reaffirm his love and respect for various South African tribes.


The incident has spotlighted the consequences of hate speech and the responsibilities that come with holding public and influential positions, particularly those with the power to shape public opinion and discourse. The unfolding of these events and Mchunu's response will be keenly observed as the situation develops into the new year.



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