DJ Martinengo fired for calling Malema a monkey

JOHANNESBURG - Popular Hot 91.9 FM DJ Sasha Martinengo has been fired after he called EFF leader Julius Malema a monkey on air. 

In a statement, the station's managing director Lloyd Madurai said the "unfortunate and completely unacceptable incident" took place during the Breakfast Show.

"During the course of the broadcast, a reference was made by Martinengo, who said “and people still listen to this monkey,” referring to Mr Julius Malema."

Madurai says the anchor has been shown the door from the station with immediate effect. 

Despite social media backlash, Martinengo took to Twitter to say that he stands by his words. 

"I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but I stand by what I said. Anyone, irrespective of their race, colour, creed, religion, gender who disrespects a woman is a monkey,” he tweeted.

The EFF says they will be opening criminal charges against Martinengo.