Rather than spelling the end, it was merely the unchaining of an irrepressible spirit. The supreme hustler was on the loose.
Touch’s resignation was totally unexpected and marked the end of an often tempestuous relationship with the station. The environment had become increasingly toxic and tensions had reached the point where Touch was yanked off the airwaves by management. Clearly, as the man himself says, something had to give.
“I got to the point where I just decided time was up. I couldn’t deal with the incessant pettiness, the back-biting and mediocrity… it became unbearable,” he recalls. So disgruntled was “Yow Bouy” (born Thabo Molefe) that he was prepared to turn his back on a fat pay-cheque, a nationwide audience of millions, the SABC and all its platforms, including TV.
His dramatic departure from the organisation was typical of the man. Since his childhood in Sharpeville, Thabo Molefe (his given name) has always pushed boundaries. Raised mainly by his grandfather, Bishop Molefe, one of the earliest evangelists in SA, Touch’s adventurous – and recalcitrant – spirit was apparent at an early age.