Controversial SAfm presenter Eric Miyeni has been booted from the airwaves for allegedly inciting xenophobia and using hate speech during one of his shows, writes Candice bailey in the Saturday Star.

Miyeni was taken off air last week for discussing black-on-black violence and the role of refugees in their host countries in a show broadcast nearly five weeks ago.

He hosted the hugely popular SAfm night-time show Eric M After Dark from 7pm to 9pm daily and has spoken to everyone from Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu to Zola Budd, Desmond Tutu, Denis Beckett and Vusi Mahlasela.

Miyeni this week told the Saturday Star: "I am alleged to have fuelled xenophobia and promoted violence. That is what he wrote to me in a letter – that I breached the SABC's editorial policy and broke the contract.

"I wrote back saying I don't know what I've done wrong. And then they wrote back to me saying that, based on my response, I won't be scheduled."

The contentious show had been inspired after Miyeni was struck by a foreigner working in a restaurant three days earlier. Miyeni then used the incident to open a topic of discussion.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirmed that Miyeni was no longer scheduled for shows, but would not give details.

"We are not in a position to go into details. But an incident happened and the SABC felt he had gone against his contract obligations.

"The decision was taken through the station manager."

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