Metro FM’s Faith Mangope Receives Warning for Dr Matthew Lani Interview
Metro FM presenter Faith Mangope’s job at the radio station is hanging by a thread after she received a written warning for interviewing bogus Dr Matthew Lani.
The development comes after Metro FM was dragged on X (formerly Twitter) for giving the bogus TikTok doctor a platform.
Controversial Interview Sparks Criticism
Faith Mangope found herself in hot water after interviewing Lani on Monday night during the Metro FM Talk with Faith Mangope for an hour, between 7 and 8 pm. The TikTok influencer, falsely claiming to be a doctor, attempted to persuade Mangope despite admitting to hospital security guards that he lacked medical credentials when he was arrested while attempting to create content for his social media audience.
Faith Mangope in Hot Water Over Dr Matthew Lani Interview
A Metro FM insider informed ZiMoja that station management issued a precautionary warning letter to Mangope. Sources reveal that opinions among higher-ups were divided over Mangope’s actions. While some criticized her for potentially tarnishing the station’s reputation, others commended her attempt to boost her show’s listenership.
The decision to bring Lani into the studio was seen as a risky strategy that ultimately backfired.
“The strategy of bringing Lani in studio was a gamble that didn’t work. Faith and her team were trying a strategy to draw in listeners, while on the other hand they wanted to be controversial. This left her with egg on the face because Lani spoke for an hour but said nothing. The most insulting part for the station was when Faith took photos with Lani as if she was star-struck,” the source said.
SABC Denies Precautionary Warning
In response to the backlash on social media, Metro FM swiftly removed the contentious interview and pictures of Mangope and Lani from its website and social media platforms. The source confirmed that there would be no podcast of the interview available in the future.
When contacted for comment, SABC spokesperson Sibusiso Gumbi refuted claims that the station had issued a precautionary warning to Faith.