Friday, July 31, 2015

SABC Ndebele weather presenter Lebo Dhlamini claims harassment, language discrimination; says she had to show male boss daily 'how I'm dressed'.

A firestorm is raging after the SABC's Ndebele weather presenter Lebo Dhlamini claims harassment and discrimination and that she had to show her boss daily how she’s dressed.

Lebo Dhlamini (29) has not been back to work doing the weather on SABC1 since March when she left for maternity leave.

Lebo Dhlamini claims she was harassed and that a senior SABC staffer who she had to show daily how she's dressed, also had a problem with her Ndebele language use which she speaks fluently.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago didn’t immediately repond to a media enquiry about Lebo Dhlamini from TV with Thinus made on Friday morning about the story which was first reported in The Citizen newspaper.

Speaking of an SABC boss, Lebo Dhlamini alleges that she had to "go to the man's office and show him how I am dressed every day. His complaint about my use of language amounts to ethnic discrimination".

The SABC apparently didn't renew the contract of the mother of two who has been a weather presenter on SABC1 for the past three years.

According to Lebo Dhlamini her line manager sent her a SMS at the end of June saying "previously you had problems with [your boss] and language issues. You must make a decision whether you want to continue or move on. I will have no choice but to cancel the new contract for now".