“Warras Sparks Outrage with Comments on Employment, Accused of ‘Romanticizing Exploitation'”


“Warras Sparks Outrage with Comments on Employment, Accused of ‘Romanticizing Exploitation'”

‘There has to be an industry entry standard,’ an X user argued after Warras encouraged people to do whatever it takes to keep a job.

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South African musician and TV presenter DJ Warras is catching smoke on social media. This after he shared his thoughts on employment. Responding to a tweet by an X (formerly Twitter) user who complained about the difficulties of keeping a job with little compensation, the media personality shared how he went to great lengths in the past to stay employed.

According to Warras, he arrived hours early for a late shift because he had to use public transport. He also shared how some employees even slept at work just to be on time.


Many locals have since accused him of “romanticising exploitation” and “glamourising the struggle” that many face when it comes to finding and keeping a job in South Africa.


Media personality DJ Warras has once again been slammed for his tweets. This time social media users are calling him out for encouraging people to go above and beyond for a job.


The Live Amp presenter took to X earlier this week to share how vital it is for people to “make a plan” when it comes to work.

Warras’ views on employment come shortly after Gagasi FM was outed for allegedly offering radio personality Penny Ntuli R2800 a month.

Commenting on this, an X user shared how starting from humble beginnings in a new position should not mean being exploited by companies.

Responding to this opinion, Warras begged to differ and shared how he started off in the radion industry arriving at work hours early.

Hustling for a second-hand car and R50 petrol. He also shared how some of his colleagues even slept at work as they waited for their shifts to begin.

According to the TV presenter, local rapper Emtee used wait for morning to come after he did a late show so that he could travel home via public transport.

“Haai. U must make a plan. I used to sleep under the desk at YFM, waiting for my show to start at 3 am. I’d be there from 6 pm cos I had to use taxis from West Rand.

“Then I got a car, a Tazz. and would put R50 petrol uku’fika. Abanye used to sleep on couches waiting for the show.

“Emtee would stay at Rosebank until 5 am the next day to get a taxi home after killing “The Full Clip” the night before. If transport is the reason you’re not giving it ur all – Haai Ke: u don’t have what it takes. Hamb’uyo sebenza e’Call centre oku’ncono,” he wrote.


Needless to say, locals didn’t think much of what Warras had to say. According to many, society needs to stop romanticising the exploitation of people who are desperate to keep a job.

“This take is problematic bro. You slept under desks early 2000s & Id sleep on the reception couch with no complains 2017-19, just grateful for the opportunity but it doesn’t mean we must normalise & glamourise that struggle. It’s 2024, there has to be an industry entry standard,” one person wrote while another said:

“Kaloku Waras those were the times when Mzabalazo was coming to an End. Why Must we still suffer Today because Y’all slept under the Desk or Travelled longer distances to get to Work?? We must not Romanticize “EXPLOITATION” people must get Paid that’s it!!”


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