Legendary radio host Penny Lebyane has opened up about the state of radio and the entertainment industry, saying not everything was as it seemed. Though most people may think the unfair treatment started with Robert Marawa and DJ Fresh, Lebyane said the treatment had been going on for a while and it’s only getting out now.
“People have been sh*tting on us for a long time, making themselves feel better at our expense. And because we didn’t say anything, they think we don’t know what they were saying behind our backs. Lies, pride, and belittling people doesn’t elevate. In time your true colours will show. God is not a fool.
“It started way back, you guys only see it cause it’s them. It happened with me and others and both of them were quite. We must not have selective justice,” she said.
When the conditions in the entertainment industry affected her, Lebyane said she spent 10 days in a psychiatric ward. As a result, she would not stop talking about the challenges faced in the industry. She said that those who criticised her for voicing her opinion had no right either, because she had earned her right to share her views on matters affecting the industry she was in.
I’ve buried too many ppl to keep quiet & personally I spent 10days in a psychiatric ward cos of Entertainment Industry bs especially #BlackRadio to suck my thumbbury my head. I’m not a beautyqueen don’t have to impress u or a wife or influencer. I am broadcaster for Social Impact
— PennyLebyane????Penny Lebyane (@PennyLebyane) July 11, 2019
“It’s my life, my journey, my walk, my work, my truth. I don’t need your approval of me. I accepted myself when you believed the lies about me, when I was marginalised, I mastered to stand alone. When I was rejected, I loved me. I’ve buried too many people to keep quiet and personally, I spent 10 days in a psychiatric ward [because] of entertainment industry bs [bullsh*t], especially #BlackRadio to suck my thumb and bury my head. I am [a] broadcaster for social impact.”
Batho kgale ba re nyela ba te fifa ka rena, ba rota ba eme ge re homola ba nagana ga re tsebe gore ba dirang. Maaka, go e gogomoša, lenyatšo, go nyenyefatša babangwe go ka se go dire motho wa maemo. Ka morago ga nako re tla gobona gore o mang. Modimo ga se setlaela…
— PennyLebyane????Penny Lebyane (@PennyLebyane) July 9, 2019
The radio industry has been in the spotlight following the suspension and sacking of DJ Fresh from Metro FM over his use of vulgar language. In response to the sacking, DJ Fresh apologised for his language and thanked his fans.
“I have actually never been better! I feel like I have been freed of a burdensome monkey on my back… Already in March, I was ready to leave because of this madness,” he said in a statement.
Read the full statement below:
[FINAL STATEMENT] pic.twitter.com/ZDjAKNlnpm
— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) July 9, 2019