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Chilli-M should not be made the sacrificial lamb

It was so bizarre that I thought it was April 1 when I heard popular Yfm DJ Chilli-M breaking down on air over a faux pas with a married couple that won some competition.

The conversation went on more or less as follows …

“Anyway, it’s fine, it’s easy for you guys to speak, but I will be the one going through a hearing,” says Chilli’s crackling voice.

He takes another female caller.

Female caller: “You know what, Chilli, I think you were wrong because you went on too long … but it was good radio anyway.”

Chilli-M (now on the verge of a breakdown): “You know, it’s fine, I will be the one without a job for months … I will be the one going through the hearing … I mean the sponsors … I have to be accountable … [totally crying now] … Anyway, I quit.”

This is followed by the long, irritating sound of a slammed-down phone and what those in radio call “dead air” that feels like an eternity before an advert is played.

This happened during yesterday’s Yfm drive-time show. It turns out Chilli had been told about a married couple that had won an overseas trip, and he wanted to surprise the lovebirds on air about their prize. So he decided to call both of them at the same time to congratulate them. As it turns out, the man happened to have other plans about the trip with his young mistress from some Jo’burg university and — unaware of the fact that his wife was also on the line — he uttered this out loud. He practically told the whole of Jo’burg — and his wife — that he would be taking his mistress on this wonderful trip. Oops!

Now there is confusion because the wife was absolutely horrified and apparently used that popular “P”-word that women often use to refer to men. Her husband on the other end was totally busted, and Chilli was flabbergasted because the surprise did not yield the expected results!

It is not clear whether Chilli was already warned behind-the-scenes that he would be facing the full wrath of Yfm’s management, but he certainly seemed to believe so.

Personally my two cents’ worth on the matter is that Chilli’s intentions were pure and, if anything, he was just doing his job and trying to deliver scintillating radio. I believe that it would be unfair of Yfm management to accept his resignation as he could not have foreseen the outcome of his actions. Chilli should not have to bear the burden of some hypocritical person who swore loyalty to his wife in front of family and friends, only to turn around and break that vow! I am not big on moral judgements, but I do believe in karma.

So I urge Yfm’s management to think seriously before accepting the man’s resignation. I do not know Chilli-M, personally but I do remember how the tabloids had a field day when he lost his gig at Metro FM. Quite understandably he would remember what that experience did to his self-esteem, and I believe that is why he behaved they way he did.

I do urge the decision-makers at Yfm to not sacrifice Chilli at the altar of commercialism.

Otherwise, as my northern ceremonial grandmother always says: “I am writing a letter.” Failing that, I will do that South African thing and start a petition. Failing that, I will stage a march or something. Come on, let us give the guy a break, hey!

  • Ndumiso Ngcobo

    Sello; please tell us you’re making this up. What did Chilli do wrong?

    [Also checks his calendar to see if it’s April Fools]

  • Doug from Holfontein

    Just take her on as a second wife. What is a couple of cows compared to an overseas trip?

    This man seems “unaware of the fact that his wife was also on the line” and also blissfully unaware that a radio DJ is calling him, during the DJ’s show, as victor of a public competition. Who is this guy? An Eskom executive? A member of Parliment? How dumb can you get before you forget to breathe?

  • Lyndall Beddy


    I hope they listen to you. What a horrible thing to happen to the presenter. What a bars..d that man is. I hope his wife gets a good lawyer – and his mistress dumps him. Sometimes I despair of my own sex. Does the mistress not realise what he does to the wife – he will eventually do to her?

  • unathi mooi

    Moemish of all time

  • ke nna

    It’s hardly the dj’s fault – if anything an incident like that will have put the radio station on the map. They must have recorded it – it’s like a Jerry Springer moment or Ricky Lake – I reckon Yfm will promote him if they got any sense and they seem to have some

  • Ntombizonke Mehlomakulu

    Oh my word! Chilli M, deserves a promotion after all he was doing his job it was a surprise after all! As for the woman I hope she disses the casanova & a cheat, shame man the woman is probably in tears…

  • Liansky

    This is kak funny… i know i shouldn’t laugh, but what the funny bone wants, the funny bone gets.

  • Mandrake


    i thought that this is what good radio is all about?!!! Ratings shoot sky high, the dude got busted, Chilli gets a new sponsorship.

    weird times…

  • karabo

    this is utter crap – Chilli M is the only decent jock left on that awful radio station. they must keep ‘Daddy’ on air. but radio has gone all wierd so strange goings-on like this do not surprise…

  • looks

    I actually listened to that incident; As a married guy I could only cringe. It was fantastic radio and yes, I do agree with those peeps that say Chilli M is the only decent jock left at Y-Fm. I guess he was just shocked, hence his re-action. That is why radio is the most exciting medium, theatre of the mind. All those listening in at the time were undoubtedly playing out the theatre this guy was going to face as a result of the faux pas!

  • Nombuso

    shame man “Daddy” was just doing his job Y shouldn’t let him go, but I must say Y has gone a bit koatic this days certain people tend to talk as if there are No children listening anyway its still my favourate station and “Holla back to front” as Daddy would say Nombuso 0768733015


    leave u daddy alone.da only decent jock left!!!!!!

  • Alfred Makomoto

    Chilli m,my brother you rock and Y-FM should not even attempt to tore that line.You were doing your job,Radio needs to be entertaning as well as educating but this is sure a hit of education, couple with a bust of a barsted cheating,low brother who does not respect his wife.And you just saved another woman an unnecessary headeche.It was bound to come out later anyway so it’s better early than late.Chilli you deserve a break and a big one too.

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