There are two elephants in the room at the SABC studios. Reports are that respected radio and TV personality Robert Marawa and the prodigal son of SABC sports, Walter Mokoena, do not see eye to eye.
According to the information received from the corridors of the broadcaster, it is alleged that the beef between the two dates back to days when Walter took over from Robert as Soccer Zone’s presenter.
However things started to take a nasty turn last year when Walter returned to the SABC. Their bone of contention? Pearl Thusi, according to insiders.
It is understood that when Robert rocks up in the sports department and finds Walter mingling with colleagues, the mood in the room changes from hot to cold.
“Walter is always full of fun, but when Robert comes up here to meet with his colleagues and to share ideas for the show, things just change,” a source says. “It’s easy to see that they don’t like each other. One thing that’s sure is that they should start getting along as they are colleagues.
There is even one occasion when Walter and Robert were told by the SABC bosses that they should swallow their pride as they will be working together,” continues the source.
Even though there were reports of trouble in paradise for Pearl and Robert, the two are said to still be dating.
Pearl is also Walter’s baby mama, and as co-parents, their daughter’s needs come first. Walter speaks to Pearl quite often regarding the upbringing of the child, and this creates problems in her relationship with Robert.
Robert wants Pearl to cut ties completely with Walter but that is an impossible mission.
Walter is aware that Robert wants Pearl to cut ties with him but Walter is not going to allow such a thing to happen.
These two must understand that whatever their issues are with each other, they have nothing to do with Pearl and her daughter with Walter,” a source says.
Walter and Robert had not commented at the time of going to press. Pearl said, “My daughter has nothing to do with this”.