An online petition was laucnhed on Thursday, demanding that the station remove the comedian from its line-up until he publicly apologised for body-shaming three protesters, who had gone topless during #FeesMustFall protest at Wits earlier in the week.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE on Thursday, Kaya FM publicist Mmathabo Tladi confirmed that the station had received a complaint about Skhumba and that there were discussions on a way forward.
“Kaya FM acknowledges that a complaint was received. We are signatories of the code of conduct of the BCCSA. We will have an official response as soon as we have discussed the matter with Skhumba,” Mmathabo said.
The petition had amassed over 3 000 signatures by Thursday evening, with scores of social media users flooding Twitter with their thoughts on the situation.
Skhumba has since responded to the social media storm, apologising to anybody he has offended
“The worst thing in life is to be misunderstood. I would like to say to all the women that were affected, I would really like to apologise…If it sits wrong with you I am really sorry and I hope we find a way forward from this,” Skhumba said in an Instagram video.
The trouble started on Tuesday after the comedian uploaded a video of himself calling the women’s behaviour “distasteful”.
“Please don’t show your boobs. When a boob shows, it should like a tennis (ball). These females are showing hanging boobs that look like wet all-stars without shoe laces. Others have big tummies with silver stripes,” he said at the time.