Gugulethu Mofokeng’s complaint to the broadcasting complaints commission that Kaya FM ‘Un-Captured’ hosts Ndumiso Ngcobo and Kgomotso Matsunyane besmirched her “mindset coach” career has been dismissed.
Following T-Bo Touch’s controversial tweet that said the difference between himself as a business mogul and beggars was their mental disposition, the duo discussed the matter on the 19th of July.
During the programme, a listener who identified herself as a “mindset” coach called into the show.
“You are the person, you are the expert that we need,” Matsunyane is said to have told the caller.
During the discussion that ensued, the complainant alleged Ngcobo chirped in to support Matsunyane’s misgivings about “mindset” coaches. Both presenters expressed skepticism about the profession, saying it was not different to motivational speakers.
The complainant proceeded to explain how the next day on the 20th of July during the same programme, another caller was discussing retirement ages for presidents, and in a parting shot, said some of the old African presidents perhaps needed “these mindset coaches”.
When confronted by another listener that their comments were disparaging towards motivational speakers, the pair apparently acknowledged that their comments on the profession were disparaging, with Matsunyane apologising, as she knew very little about “mindset coaches”, although she had sat through several motivational-speaking talks that she thought were quaky.
The complainant also maintained that the two presenters jeopardised her business, as close to 50 people who had booked to attend her sessions that she had announced on the same radio programme on the 17th of July cancelled or failed to pitch.
As part of Nelson Mandela Day “contribution”, Mofokeng initially offered one ticket worth R1 000, but was pushed to offer four slots instead.
The complaints commission found that two days later, the presenters could not have made the connection that the same listener they bantered with for having scored herself “three minutes of free advertising” was the same woman who called in to defend Tbo-Touch’s comments and punted her “mindset” business.
“Having listened to all that was said on both programmes about the mindset as such, it cannot be found that the complainant’s reputation or dignity as a mindset coach has been impaired. The complaint is dismissed,” Lotter wrote in the judgment.
Lotter’s ruling was based on a similar judgment in a Walton matter in which the judge said: “In the ordinary hurly-burly of everday life a man must be expected to endure minor or trivial insults to dignity.”
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