Staff lash SABC for ‘taking sides’

2014-04-13 10:00

Senior SABC news executives say they have been ordered not to broadcast footage of the crowds attending opposition election rallies.

This instruction – and SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala’s warning to news staff that their cellphones were being monitored – has underlined the controversial role the public broadcaster is playing in this year’s elections.

The SABC has become the focal point of the elections after its journalists alleged political interference in their work.

Three senior SABC news executives, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs, told City Press of other examples of what they claim is extensive political interference. These include:

» Controversial chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng this week issued an instruction that the news department should no longer cover “violent” service-delivery protests, saying it was serving no purpose.

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