Wed Sep 17 19:32:03 SAST 2014

Take a hike, Palesa!

Sep 3, 2012 | NGWAKO MALATJI |

SABC1's top gospel music show presenter Palesa Mocuminyane was allegedly told by her producers to start looking for a job after she asked them for a salary hike.

NO MORE GOLD: Palesa Mocuminyane.

 Gospel Gold's being canned 

The former Generations actress has presented Gospel Gold since taking over from TKZee member Zwai Bala following his controversial removal from the show three years ago.

An SABC official who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, says Mocuminyane wrote to her bosses at Engagement Production, the producers of the popular show, asking for a salary increase.

"Motivating her request, she told them she had been presenting the show for three years and she deserves an increase.

"She also told them she'd increased the show's ratings to four million viewers since taking over from Bala," says the official.

But Mocuminyane's boss Vusi Zion, our source says, told her that her salary wouldn't be increased because the SABC has canned the show.

"She was shocked. If the show's being canned why did they wait for her to ask for an increase before telling her that?

"And how can the SABC can a show that is doing so extremely well?" asks the official.

After being pressed for comment, Mocuminyane says: "I don't know what's happening and I won't discuss my contract with Engagement with the media.

"But whatever decision they make will be fine with me because I enjoyed my stay with Gospel Gold and will always cherish the memories of the time I spent there," she says.

The show's producer Sbu Ngobeni says: "We know nothing about the SABC canning Gospel Gold.

"Yes, we had a meeting with her last week but it was just the normal meeting we have on a weekly basis and she didn't discuss any salary hike with us"

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says: "As far as we are concerned Gospel Gold is not going to be discontinued".

malatjin@sundayworld.co.za

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