Sasolburg fire saddens MDDA

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The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) expressed sadness on Monday at the burning of Karabo FM, a community radio station in Sasolburg.

“The MDDA is saddened by this incident, as it has deprived the community of an essential information asset which kept the community informed and entertained at all times,” CEO Lumko Mtimde said in a statement.

According to the station’s board chairman Sam Mkhwanazi, it was deliberately burnt down by two unidentified men on Saturday. “Two armed men covering their faces went into the studio carrying 25 litres of petrol. They sprinkled it around and set the place alight on Saturday night,” he said.

The two ordered the presenter out of the studio before setting the building on fire at 9pm.

“We do not know why they burnt the station. The whole building has been destroyed. Our hard work of five years was destroyed in two minutes.”

He said the station had a normal relationship with residents in Sasolburg and he could not understand why people had burnt it down.

“People loved the station. It is a great loss to us,” he said. He hoped police would speedily investigate the cause of the fire.

Mkhwanazi encouraged the community of Sasolburg and the surrounding areas to work with them to provide information which would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.


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