SABC cans Mangaung interview - report

2012-12-05 08:24

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Johannesburg - A MetroFM interview with three journalists on the ANC's upcoming elective conference in Mangaung was cancelled at the last minute, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Times newspaper reported that Sunday Times political editor S'thembiso Msomi, Business Day political editor Sam Mkokeli and Southern African bureau chief of the Financial Times, Andrew England, were already at the SABC studios when the interview was cancelled.

The show was to start at 20:00 on Tuesday with host Sakina Kamwendo.

"While in the studio, a call came through and one of the producers came in and asked us our names and publications we represented. Soon after the call was transferred to Kamwendo," said Msomi.

"She spoke to someone for a few minutes. A short while later we were told our views would no longer be needed."

A shocked Mkokeli told the Mail & Guardian that minutes before they were due on air, Kamwendo told the reporters she was no longer able to host them on her show as “higher powers” had instructed her not to.

No further explanation was offered as to why they were not allowed to speak and all three journalists left.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago declined to comment, saying he was not aware of the incident.

- SAPA
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