Former Metro FM DJ Tbo Touch (real name Thabo Molefe) appears to have backtracked on the e-toll comments he made on Cliff Central on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, Touch responded to the criticism he received after his comments, saying he was not a comedian and what he said regarding e-tolls was in jest.
Unfortunately I'm not a comedian what I said regarding @SANRAL_etoll to @GarethCliff was in jest. I'm an entertainer.
— Tbo Touch (@iamtbotouch) September 3, 2016
Tbo Touch appeared in e-toll ads in 2015, urging motorists to buy their e-tags because that’s what he and his other celeb friends Minnie Dlamini and Khanyi Mbau were also doing.
On Thursday, he, however, made a U-turn, admitting he just did it for the money. Apparently, he doesn’t even have an e-tag. He admitted he had received a lot of money from the SA National Roads Agency, which oversees the highly controversial and unpopular e-tolls and is also largely taxpayer funded.
“Of course, I don’t even have an e-tag. I lied. I don’t. Go down to my car right now. Yeah, go check,” he told his friend Cliff.
He said that with two sons in private schools, he hadn’t been in a position to say no to the money.
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“There’s things I’ll do because it’s not going to hurt me. It’s not going to change the price of milk. So they called me – I’ve got an offer for you. Why not?”
He justified it by saying he and celebs in a similar position thought of themselves as business entities in their own right.
“We are commercial brands,” he said.