The founder and director of the SABC Summer Song competition has accused the SABC of trying to steal his concept.

Owen Ndlovu, who conceptualised the idea and sold it to the SABC five years ago, also accused the SABC of breaching the contract between Michael Owen Productions and the public broadcaster.

Ndlovu made the allegations following the controversy surrounding top Limpopo artists King Monada and Master KG over the SABC Summer Song. 

The allegations were contained in a letter of complaint Ndlovu wrote to the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA), saying the SABC is to blame for the controversy.

Ndlovu confirmed that he wrote the letter to CCIFSA.

CCIFSA president and actor Tony Kgoroge confirmed receiving the letter from Ndlovu.

In the letter, Ndlovu said the campaign was ran successfully in its inaugural year, 2015, and all conditions were met.

Ndlovu said problems started in 2017 after the SABC allegedly deviated from the contract when it canned the competition. "This was the beginning of a mission to steal our concept. They [SABC individuals] had intentions of going on with the concept without us. But we managed to stop them through our lawyers," he said in the letter.