The public broadcaster has terminated the contract of Lotus FM radio presenter Ravi Govender after he called President Jacob Zuma a “zombie”, the SABC confirmed on Monday.

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“I can confirm that his contract has been terminated,” SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

Kganyago said Govender would immediately stop work at Lotus FM. Kganyago said the public broadcaster was concerned that Govender had put the SABC into disrepute.

After the opening of the ANC policy conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg on Friday‚ Govender posted the offending comment on his Facebook page.

“Just heard a Zombie Zuma giving a speech on the news. Massacring the beautiful English language. Uneducated creature. Even the other moron Mugabe speaks much better."

Govender hosted the popular Vinyl Countdown show on Fridays from 19:00 to 21:00, according to the Lotus FM website.

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Govender, as well as station manager Alvin Pillay, declined to comment.

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Edward Zuma lashed out at Govender‚ saying his family failed to understand what prompted him to make the statement.
“What’s the difference with calling blacks monkeys to calling them zombies. Let’s lay charges at Equality Court for hate speech‚” he said.
Govender called Zuma a “zombie” on his Facebook page. The radio personality previously told News24 that he had made the comments in anger.

He posted his comments following the opening of the ANC’s 5th Policy Conference, which is currently underway at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

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“I posted what I posted on Facebook out of anger. I should have known better. He sounded [while delivering his speech] dead to me, no feelings, no punctuation at all,” Govender had said.