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JUST IN: Former Idols SA Judge Unathi Makes A Comeback

South African radio presenter and former Idols SA Judge, Unathi Nkayi has announced her return to national radio in style.

In a video recording that’s making the rounds on social media, Nkayi can be heard announcing that she’s back.

“Guys it seems like this radio thing doesn’t want to let me go. Because from the first of March you know what’ll be doing? I’m going to be driving you home. WHAT? Three to six drive time first of March, I’ll see you then, I’ll see you there,” she said.

Unathi shared another video from a photoshoot wearing a black figure hugging-dress and matching heels.

In November 2021, Unathi’s former employer Kaya 959 released a statement announcing that her contract had been terminated prematurely due to conduct that rendered the relationship intolerable.

“Ms. Nkayi’s contract has ended prematurely due to certain conduct that rendered the relationship intolerable going forward. Kaya 959 can confirm that certain incidents had occurred, which resulted in the breakdown of the trust relationship between the two parties.”

The radio station confirmed that due process was followed.

“The business can further confirm that due process was followed and the decision was therefore made to part ways with Ms. Nkayi.”

Kaya 959 further asked not to be drawn into a debate around the details of what transpired in the interest of the parties involved.

“The station would prefer not to be drawn into a debate around the details of what transpired in the interest of both parties. Safe to state that Ms. Nkayi’s version of events have been carefully considered and unfortunately found wanting,” read the statement from the radio station.

Exit from South African Idols

In January 2022, M-Net announced that they would be parting ways with Unathi and Randal “The channel will not be renewing their contracts with for the upcoming season of the popular singing show. We are taking a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot,” read a statement from the channel.

Unathi thanked viewers across the continent for their love and support.

“Thank you for your love South Africa and our beautiful continent of Africa. Please allow me to honour you. You have been kind, loving and deeply invested.

“Truly the real energy and heartbeat of a wonderful wave of hope and dreams coming true on Idols and as you do that, you have made my dreams come true too. THANK YOU.”

She expressed deep gratitude for all the contestants who had the courage to audition for the singing competition.

“To every contestant who stood in front of us. From the ones brave enough to share with us their hopes. I don’t take lightly the act of doing that for the world to see. An honour I will always hold. Thank you for trusting me as one of your judges.

“To those who unleashed a new level of my tears, heavily pregnant with Baby Idols garnering for Wooden Mic, thank you for the laughter and joy, she expressed.

Furthermore, Unathi thanked the people who gave her an opportunity to join South African Idols.

“I can never thank you enough Anneke, for making that call asking me to join the Idols family. Gav and Prozza thank you for trusting me with such a great responsibility. One that would form part of the narrative and soundtrack of our souls as a people. You changed my life and that of my family,” she wrote.