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South African radio host fired for racist 'monkey' slur

FIRED: Sasha Martinengo (Photo credit: Sasha Martinengo/Instagram)

A SOUTH African radio host has been fired from his job after calling the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party a monkey live on air.

Sasha Martinengo, who worked for Hot 91.9FM said on air: "people still listen to this monkey”, referring to the radical MP Julius Malema.

Hot 91.9FM issued a statement apologising to Mr Malema and saying that Mr Martinengo's words had "violated the station’s code of conduct and commitment to our national democratic values".

"[Despite] the presenter’s immediate and unreserved apology, the station has forthwith elected to remove him from all involvement with the radio station with immediate effect," the statement from Hot 91.9FM added.

Following his dismissal, Mr Martinengo also shared an apology on Twitter, saying he was" sorry if I offended anyone, but I stand by what I said".

This racist incident is one of many that has plagued South Africa as of late. In recent months, a South African man was sacked from his job after filming himself in a racist rant about black people that went viral, and another man has been charged with racially abusive language against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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