On Monday afternoon, TV and radio personality Bonang Matheba confirmed her resignation from Metro FM. Bonang went on to Twitter to say she had resigned after being told she had a co-host an hour before she went on air. Bonang insisted that it was not about Lerato Kganyago being her co-host, but the “principle” of only being told an hour before she went on air that she would now have a co-host on her popular show, The Front Row.
But various WhatsApp messages, emails and records of phone calls between Metro FM station manager Sibongile Mtayli, Metro FM program manager Tony Soglo and Bonang have surface which prove that Queen B knew about the line-up changes at Metro FM.
The messages reveal how the TV personality denied receiving meeting requests, failed to arrive for scheduled meetings and, in one case, agreed to a meeting only to later say she knew nothing about it.
Check out the evidence:
On 29 March Metro FM management drew up contract letters for the new financial year. Everybody, from the talent, to producers and crew were given letters notifying them that there would be changes and meetings would be set up “in the next few days.”
In the interim, as the dated document shows, contracts were drawn up.
On 30 March an email meeting request was sent to Bonang asking for a meeting for the next day before her show. In the email it states that “the suggested time is based on your convenience” allowing for an alternative time and date suggestion.
On 31 March station manager Sibongile Mtayli sent Bonang a text after she failed to attend the meeting about changes to her show.
On 31 March Bonang agreed to arrange a meeting with program manager Tony Soglo.
She did not and Tony reached out to her to set up a meeting on Sunday, 2 April.
Bonang apparently agreed to a 5pm meeting. At 6:25pm she denies knowing about the meeting.
But, before denying not knowing about the meeting she messaged Sibongile to say that her father says “it is too late to meet.”