On Friday 17 July, Qwa – Qwa Radio won its property back from the Sheriff. This follows a ruling by the Bloemfontein high Court in June 2020, that the landlord acted illegally when attaining the property of the station.
In July 2018, a self-imposed board of directors led by Stanley Letsela took over the station. This led to conflicts between the new board and the workers. In December 2018 the deposed board of directors opposed the legitimacy of the new board and won its case in the Bloemfontein high Court. “However by this time the self-imposed board of directors and its management had run a rental bill to the value of R200 000 over the period of six months that it operated during,” said station Manager Tebello Mosala. She stated that by the time the rightful board was reinstated, the landlord had already attached the equipment of the station.
Mosala admits that there were no major challenges in the absence of their equipment.”The only difference is the studio equipment that were attached were digital in nature and we had to downgrade to analog equipment with inferior sound quality,” she said. The radio station has been operating from the municipality Information Centre since its eviction from the Mandela Park mall. “We are still operating at the Information Centre and have no plans to return to Mandela Park Mall premises, as we believe the relations between ourselves and the landlord have broken down irreparably,” said Mosala.