EMBATTLED Lotus FM station manager Gail Samuels has resigned after four months of controversy at the station, writes Teneshia Naidoo in The Times.

The SABC radio station, which broadcasts nationally to the Indian community, has been beset by staff dramas this year.

In July, 20 employees protested at the SABC’s refusal to fire Samuels.

She quit her post on Friday, the same day she was suspended at a management meeting that lasted five hours. She confirmed her resignation to The Times yesterday but would not comment further.

Hannes du Buisson, spokesman for the Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers’ Union, said Samuels resigned after receiving an SABC suspension order relating to her qualifications.

But SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said Du Buisson was “not entirely correct”.

“What we can confirm is that there was a meeting on Friday. We can only communicate when we are ready to communicate, but we are not saying anything around those issues,” he said.

The station has been plagued by problems since April, when popular presenters Vikash Mathura and Ray Maharaj refused to go on air because of discrepancies in their employment contracts.

The SABC later withdrew the contracts.

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