Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has ditched the state broadcaster SABC and has joined Tbo Touch on his online radio.

Thus, Malema joins the myriad of high-profile personalities who have admitted that Touch is a force to reckon with. Moreover, the controversial politician was not in any manner scared to take shots.

Taking to social media on Friday, EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted that he had joined Gareth Cliff and Tbo Touch’s new online streaming service – Touch Central. He didn’t stop there, he also enlightened us as to why he made the decision.

Apparently, he couldn’t stand Metro FM and its strict 90% local music policy anymore.

“I had to do it because Hlaudi destroyed radio, particularly Metro.” Malema added that he has followed Tbo Touch.


Touch resigned from SABC’s Metro FM earlier this year amid speculations that he was having issues with his employer. However, it turns out he quit his former job to start working on his own online radio station with business partner Gareth Cliff. Cliff left the SABC’s youth radio station 5FM in 2014 to start Cliff Central.

The duo teamed up and produced Touch Central which started streaming from September 1 this year. The radio station is not bound by any broadcasting laws. Thus, presenters have the freedom to do and say as they like.

Tbo Touch hosts the daily afternoon drive show on the station from 3pm to 7pm, with the name of the show remaining “The Touchdown”.

Meanwhile, the SABC’s devotion to former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s strict 90% local music policy is reportedly affecting listeners and revenue. The decision which was supposed to be an experiment for only three months has continued for nearly double that time.