SABC bans 'racist' terms for Nkandla

2012-11-07 08:50

Johannesburg - SABC news editors have received an e-mail banning the words "Nkandlagate" and "Zumaville", according to a report on Wednesday.

The Star
newspaper reported it had seen an email instructing editorial staff that "with immediate effect", President Jacob Zuma's "Nkandla home should be referred to as the president's, or Mr Zuma's, Nkandla residence", and not a "compound", or "homestead" or "any other such term".

SABC head of news Jimi Matthews told The Star that the word "compound" was a term used by white South Africans to refer to homes for "black migrant workers. It comes from our racial past [as a way of referring] to accommodation for migrant workers on the mine".

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told the daily he would not discuss the e-mail.

"There's nothing that says because we are a public broadcaster, every meeting, everything must be on the radio for everyone to listen to," said Kganyago.

The opposition Democratic Alliance visited Zuma's residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

The building of the residence, which reportedly cost over R200m and was funded with taxpayers' money, was in still in progress.

  • mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-11-07 08:55

    What about freedom of speech? Oh sorry, I forgot. There is none!!

      maree.cassie - 2012-11-07 08:59

      What a joke these people are! If only they were this active when it comes to doing their jobs!!!!

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-11-07 09:05

      Typical of the ANC. Slap the term racist on anything you don't like that exposes your wrong doing! Well this is just for you ANC... "Nkandlagate" "Zumaville" "Nkandlagate" "Zumaville" "Nkandlagate" "Zumaville" "Nkandlagate" "Zumaville" "Nkandlagate" "Zumaville" .... now go and charge me with racism you bunch of thieves!!

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-07 09:07

      ANC - FAIL!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-11-07 09:09

      JUST CALL IT A SHACK!!! or a MUD HUT!!

      marius.koen2 - 2012-11-07 09:17

      I thought the SABC is supposed to be a non biased institution. Obviously the only way that you can interpret Zumaville as being racist it's when you are biased to the ANC. It's amazing how the ANC is trying to avoid the main issue. The issue is the quarter of a billion Rand that Zuma is spending on upgrading his home. That's the issue ANC and ANC supporters, you can deceive as mush as you like, the truth will always come out...

      ianingwe - 2012-11-07 09:26

      "Palace" is not an African concept should it also be banned?

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-07 09:26

      LOL Compound, compound , compound, compound, compound, compound, compound... Guess I'm a racist now.

      carpejugulim - 2012-11-07 09:32

      bwahahahahahaha seems like the alledged powers that be are a mite touchy about the prez's upgrade to his residence ... wonder exactly how much they are trying to hide

      rontheogre - 2012-11-07 09:57

      Warren, I was stunned to see the resemblance in setting, character, propaganda and end result. George Orwell must have had a time machine to study the SA of today for material to write this book.

      colin.murphy.37604 - 2012-11-07 10:00

      Just checked in the dictionary and didn't see anything racial... Oh wait guess they must have been using their own interpretation of the word, and using the race card as a sweet little bookmark...

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-07 10:02

      @rontheogre, yes because some South Africans believe they have more than just rights to others. cANCer Pigs. - 2012-11-07 10:04

      muppet puppets

      juju.malema.792 - 2012-11-07 10:06

      SABC is a propoganda tool of the cANCer regime. They are no different to the NATS. Apartheid is alive and well in SA

      carpejugulim - 2012-11-07 10:25

      funny thing is that a "compound" was good enough for the Kennedy family ...

      debduplessis - 2012-11-07 10:34

      what about kraal ... "racist" or cultural??? i would suggest the latter! Well hello sensorship! I thought we lived under a democracy .... yip Zuma turned it into a 1 party dictatorship state!

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-11-07 10:45

      I dont see "Showerville" so I guess I am good :), all you racist people stop using Compound

      peter.tony.14 - 2012-11-07 11:11

      The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.

      nathan.g.moss - 2012-11-07 11:26

      It’s amazing how quick the cANCer are to jump when something directly involves their beloved ostrich. We paint a silly picture of him as we truly see him and they immediately try to ban it, but when there are real issues to sort out, where are they?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-07 11:30

      LOL!!!!!! how funny is this? Oh my.....'Jacobs' hamlet'...village, township? err.....I wonder what google call it?

      art5SA - 2012-11-07 12:12

      More PROOF that the SABC is just another arm of the ANC PROPAGANDA MACHINE!!!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-07 13:39

      How odd then that the American presidents Camp David is almost always referred to as a compound. I wonder if he get his nuts in a twist as well. Easier to pick on the little stuff than it is to tackle the really important stuff, like corruption and tender fraud.

      makgale.makgalemele - 2012-11-07 14:08

      Compound? Mix or complex. Homestead? A house? Comeon, I read nothing wrong out of these innocent English words. Rememeber we said it before that signs of Dictatorship are showing in our country. Last time I mentioned police, soldiers and those hanging around a leader. I should have mention a public broadcaster that will help in yelping propaganda to citizens. It will be used to sing praises and not critisise. I am saying a Dicytator is not born Dictator but a dictator is created by people and institutions around a 'weak' leader.

      norman.lewis.716 - 2012-11-07 14:48

      Dear ANC: Overkill much?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-07 15:14

      I read on M & G that the editors have apologised???

      Cameron - 2012-11-07 18:24

      Can some one explain to me how Zumaville or Nkandlagate is racist???

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-08 11:53

      Zuma (e-toti) you are the most corrupted lying thief!!!!

      Eterni80 - 2012-11-08 12:24

      ah, ok, sorry, I thought this was a DEMOCRACY SABC - now I know why I never watch your news broadcasts - now truth in the news, no news in the truth.

      lincoln.grimett - 2012-11-08 14:50

      and dont call any of his vehicles a wagon either. Racism now applies to inanimate objects as well.

      Bobbycat - 2012-11-08 15:45

      A dictionary wouldn't be a bad idea :| stunned.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-08 16:11

      Definition of a Complex "Cluster of close by and interconnected buildings, facilities, or structures (usually isolated from the surroundings by a fence or wall) built to serve a common function, such as a housing complex, medical complex, military-industrial complex." I have come to think that branding everything racists is no more than the results of an enormous inferiority complex and feelings of worthlessness compared to others.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-08 18:26


  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 08:55

    once you head down the dark path - forever will it dominate your destiny: quote from Master Yoda (Star Wars).

      Blackpoison - 2012-11-07 08:58

      You're not allowed to say "dark"'s racist. You should say "path with no light"....or something to that extend.

      justin.rens.9 - 2012-11-07 09:17

      previously lit?

      darryn.lahner - 2012-11-07 09:23

      .......... "path with no whites" perhaps?

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-07 09:26

      @Justine - HAHAHAHAHA Brilliant!

      laurens.smit.507 - 2012-11-07 09:33

      Hi Blackpoison, you are also a racist with a name like that. It should be "Non White Poison" HAHA

      juju.malema.792 - 2012-11-07 10:07

      Classic chirp!

      art5SA - 2012-11-07 12:09

      CALL the farrkin place a "KAYA" and get over it. Am pretty sure ALL THE BEDS ARE ON BRICKS...anyway... "DIE THOKOLOSHI GAAN JOU VANG-A-LANG...."!

      indianajohn - 2012-11-07 14:11


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      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-07 11:31

      Its too funny to take seriously.....

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-11-07 08:58

    It always amazes me what words are labelled as racist. For me these words/terms have on no racial weight at all

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-11-07 09:18

      Compound and homestead are used all over the world (including here) to refer to such setups of all colours. The old racist government (as opposed to the new racist government) probably just used these words because they are the correct word not because they have a derogotory undertone (because they don't have one) - that these blinkered fools would call it racist shows a complete lack of grasp of both language and common sense. They would probably call the word bubblegum racist if the NP ever used it...

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-07 09:20

      Racism is a term now void of meaning.

      rontheogre - 2012-11-07 10:20

      These words were good enough for the ANC to use in many instances in the Justice Department, Parliament and official correspondence and regulations when used by black people, but turns racist when used by anybody that opposes the ANC, specially when these people using the words are white. The biggest stumbling block the ANC has is itself. Can one group of people be so insecure in themselves, bordering on the verge of pathetic?

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-11-07 10:24

      In most parts of the world foreign embassy residences are referred to as compounds. So how does the word become racist? Then again the SABC is the national broadcaster and mouthpiece for the ANC government so we must expect somewhere Big Brother cracked the whip and called for this banning.

  • darryl.cronje - 2012-11-07 08:59

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-07 09:00

    And I thought it was a "PUBLIC" broadcaster?Silly me. Funny that all of America both black and white refer to the Kennedy compound or the Bush compound with no racial connotation but then those are mostly civilized people not people 1 step from civilization.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 09:09

      Nope, cANCer broadcaster.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 09:15

      No Gary PUBIC Broadcaster

      rontheogre - 2012-11-07 09:40

      The Bush Compound is not just racist but suggestive as well. There, ANC, your kind of proof that the Americans are racist and sexist.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-07 09:53

      Koos.vabdermerwe.75. Everytime you use the word cANCer, you remind us of the illness we have. Shortsighted to say the least.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-11-07 11:52

      @jacqui.daanevanrensburg: Short sighted or not, doesn't change the fact. What else can you compare the cANCer to? You must admit the uncanny similarities.

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-11-07 09:00

    And soon like any good African state broadcaster the top news item will be on how well President slept and how great he is.

      yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-11-08 10:36

      SABC should change it's name to ANCBC

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-11-07 09:00

    Racecard again? Really? Why not just get it over with and rename the SABC to the ANCBC?

  • bullardx - 2012-11-07 09:01

    blah blah blah- anythin that we refer to the president (magically) is announced racist....** very sad** E.g "a simple painting" its Nkandla or Zumaville...come on guys.

  • christopher.caine - 2012-11-07 09:01

    com·pound/'kämpound/ Noun: An area enclosed by a fence, in particular.

  • sagin.verity - 2012-11-07 09:01

    Useless anc useless sabc, mouth piece of the dictatorship. bunch of thieving thugs

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-11-07 09:01

    Whats an email? Use those words as much as possible until something more official comes. Scare tactics 101, those words will never be racist. I don't see "Zumaville is a racist word" holding up in court anytime in the next 100 years.

  • Mewik - 2012-11-07 09:03

    com·pound Noun: A thing that is composed of two or more separate elements; a mixture. An area enclosed by a fence, in particular. Yep he is right compound is a racist word. Good to know you can get a top job without being able to understand English, which leads me to believe you don't need a matric or education either. If truth be told compound is more likely to mean a mix of races, making it a non-racist term. Sign

  • wesselo1 - 2012-11-07 09:04

    So the SANC ummm SABC is once again using my licence fees for ANC propoaganda, doesnt that soiund awfully similar to the old Nats?

  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-11-07 09:04

    I didn't realise "compound" was a racist word. I better tell Obama quickly before he insults the likes of late Osama again!

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-11-07 09:05

      and news24 for printing it underneath the picture of the ....."Nkandla compound".

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-11-07 09:04

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha, this guy can't take a inch of criticism, its laughable!

      spillies - 2012-11-07 10:17

      He couldn't even take a painting of his \INCH\. Hehehe

  • william.ntsoane - 2012-11-07 09:05

    Seriously, the SABC has become a serious joke. Firstly, it was an instruction for Malema not to be interviewed or his videos played on SABC TV and radio stations. Secondly, it was the instruction for Khaya Mthethwa(First black IDOLS winner)not to be interviewed. Now is the banning of the usage of certain words. WE ARE DEFINATELY BACK TO THE DAYS OF APARTHEID- PROPAGANDA,CENCORSHIP,ETC.

      Thabo Dijoe - 2012-11-07 09:18

      Totally scary. we need change as in yesterday

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-07 09:29

      The ANC regime is as paraoid as the Nat regime was. Nothing ever really changes in politics.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-11-07 09:45

      I'm still in stiches about them terming "Nkandlaville or Zumaville as racist terms,what is so racist about that?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-11-07 09:59

      @Thabo. Couldn't agree more. When you make your next vote, consider very carefully where you make your mark. You get what you vote for and right now the cANCer has not delivered.

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-11-07 09:05

    They can call it whatever they want. I still want to know why TAX payers are paying R200million for it

  • warren.rodel - 2012-11-07 09:05

    if Zuma breaks his arm or spills milk it is also considered racist.

      laurens.smit.507 - 2012-11-07 09:43

      Very true but only because milk is WHITE.

      warren.rodel - 2012-11-07 14:36

      this is whats happening:

  • yolanda.r.haripersad - 2012-11-07 09:08

    Poor reporting once again from News24, who issued the email???

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-07 09:09

    how about kaya?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-07 09:43

      I even call my residence "my kaya" and I am, not true. I am "off-white".

      art5SA - 2012-11-07 17:38

      You WHITE RACIST @ duToit....... ROFLMAO!!!

  • billyandrew.croucamp.5 - 2012-11-07 09:09

    Racist... do these bafoons even know what the word means....what about BEE and AA, now that is racist... suck it up you bunch of ANC idiots.

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-07 09:09

    Get out while you can!

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-07 09:10

    Definition of compound: "An area enclosed by a fence, in particular." Yeah, thats racist!

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-11-07 09:12

    This must be a Joke, \r\nLOL

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 09:14

    Is Jimi Matthews a complete idiot. the whites never referred to mine workers living in a compound it was a hostel. A residence is a single house/apartment/flat not numerous buildings. In future I will use the African way of calling that effort that we paid for in Nkandla as Zoo ma se Kya

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 12:06

      I will also call it a Kraal

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-11-07 16:50

      Kampong was the word I think

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-07 09:15

    What is SABC?? Thank goodness for other channels. SABC will become like a north korean state run platform for propaganda to promote SA's corrupt and incompetent leaders.

  • NKAISANA - 2012-11-07 09:19

    Zuma'sHome is a Coumpound because of its Bunker,why Bunker whille there's no war,I call it Nkandlagate Coumpound SABC the biased broadcaster must go to hell no need to apologise,it is Coumpound

  • Lesetja Kgabo Malapile - 2012-11-07 09:20

    Zumaville we are struggling and an idiot is living luvishingly and there's these idiots that r backing him up were's he is taking these poor country down the drain and whats these President's or Mr Zuma and whoever supprts these Dictatormentship is insine or something cause ppl r dieng of hunger and zuma is South African God,well u can go to hell for all i care u Dictator

  • willem.louw.16 - 2012-11-07 09:23

    Zumaville by definition is a compound: Compound (enclosure), a cluster of buildings having a shared purpose, usually inside a fence or wall. Racist, my ass!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-07 23:27

      They don't understand English. They're second-languagers who arrogantly think their grasp of someone else's language is just as good as their's.

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-11-07 09:24

    Soon "Zuma's R200 million home" will be termed racist too... Yup, gag the truth, thats what democracy and freedom of speech is all about...

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-11-07 09:24

    People are crying foul of R248Million for Nkandla Homestead, but the very same government bail out SAA bussiness with R5Billion. But more than 90%of south africans dont use Air Flights. R5bn could have built homes for homeless, Clinics, Libraries, Hospitals, Fresh Water Supplies, Tare roads etc. I guess R248Million is comining from the taxpayers money and R5bn from non-taxpayers money

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-07 09:47

      Wait,....wait! You are having a valid point we are bailing out failures and "private residences", but not our own people.

      ashley.stroebel - 2012-11-07 10:47

      Hey Dude.....I Agree.... they also F**** waist our money. No accountability!!!!Getting bailed out once a season change lol. But all fits together government has to spent our money wisely!!!not pis it down the toilet!!! Every cent we pay for tax can be spent 100% better!!! Quote you.....'' Clinics, Libraries, Hospitals, Fresh Water Supplies, Tare roads etc.'' Most definitly!!!!!!

      celeste.vdw - 2012-11-07 11:01

      Yes valid point maybe that could be spent towards better education too, especially improving spelling in this country.

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-11-07 12:12

      What are you smoking ,Both of these expenditures are wastefull and are wrong. I don't mind paying taxes as long as the poor are the main beneficiaries of the taxes we pay. Don't favour party politics or what is an injustice to our people.

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-11-07 09:25

    Holy cow, by what possible logic can "Zumaville" and "Nkandlagate" be construed as racist. Since when is the act of simply questioning a black politicians expenditure considered racist? Or is this only racist if a white person asks the question?

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-11-07 09:26

    who needs comedians when you have the anc

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-11-07 09:48

      sad but true.

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-11-07 09:27

    If I am paying for it I can call it anything I want. ZumaZoo has a nice ring to it.

  • william.ntsoane - 2012-11-07 09:27

    Who still watch and listerns to SABC TV and Radio stations? Please raise your hands-there you go-iam afraid you will never get to know the truth.

  • victor.mendes1 - 2012-11-07 09:28

    Does the SABC ban shoot the boer from its broadcasts?

      marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-11-07 11:44

      That is not considered racist. It is not anti anc....

  • Lesetja Kgabo Malapile - 2012-11-07 09:28

    dnt knw why ppl worship a useless costly idiot like him he is just a waste for all i care

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-11-07 09:30

    Thank goodness I don't have to watch SABC !

  • nick.harrod.7 - 2012-11-07 09:31

    Fine, just call it Corruptatropolis. What a bunch of idiots.

      victor.mendes1 - 2012-11-07 09:34

      Or fraudsville!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-07 09:32

    I've never known miners accommodation to be known as a COMPOUND a HOSTEL yes!!! This is not racist at all it will be known to most as Nkandlagate and also the CORRUPTION MONUMENT!!! The Govt has not been transparent with the building of this compound!!!!!

  • msizi.luthuli.14 - 2012-11-07 09:32

    Where in the KZN map where it says Zumaville??? Zuma's residents is beautiful thanks to Hellen Zille for her publicity Stunt

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-11-07 09:37

      It's "residence", a white word meaning a place where someone lives. No one doubts it's beauty, after all over 200 million rand of taxpayers money has been used to make it beautiful. The Residents (another white word meaning people who live in the area) may or may not be beautiful as beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

      Lesetja Kgabo Malapile - 2012-11-07 09:42

      did u just say beatiful nd theres ppl right there in kzn that r still leaving in mud houses and u praising an idiot for robbing us with the money we working hard for

      spillies - 2012-11-07 09:54

      Thanks Helen Zille for a \punblicity stunt\ against ANC. Anything will go, as long as we can expose this scared fraudster. You go Helen. Go DA!!!…!! The only party where colour doesnt matter.

      spillies - 2012-11-07 09:57

      By the way, you need Matric to understand a metaphore. \Zumaville\ Four or five more years at school for you Msizi.

      wo0two0t - 2012-11-07 10:07

      /me wonders who has their head on straight Msizi or Lesetja... Lesetja makes sense to me - He is saying why spend all this money on one crazy idiot who is already loaded?! Rather spend it on the upliftment of our people who are in dire need of it. Where Msizi is somehow trying to divert this to HZ who is totally against it and would rather have the money better spent but no it’s a publicity stunt. You’ll probably find that Msizi complains that Black South African are so badly off etc. - I wonder why fool? That 200+ Million Rand came from somewhere for something and someone is going to loose out while Zuma wins. Let’s just make the already wealthy wealthier and screw the poor - makes total sense eh Msizi?

      SchrodingersDragon - 2012-11-08 08:26

      Mfana, I was going to insult you for being such a fool, but I feel sorry for you. Clearly you are uneducated, so insulting you for your inability to construct a proper sentence would be overkill on my part...

  • UMvelase - 2012-11-07 09:32

    It's official, South Africa is no longer a democratic state. I don't know if it is plain stupidity or what that people don't understand what racist means. Cry, the beloved country! It gets worse everyday!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-07 09:41

      We are heading towards a Communist state its not far off!!!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-07 14:57

      We never were a democratic state.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-07 09:33

    Why is Nkandlagate racist if Nkandla isn't? Or Zumaville, while Durbanville isn't?

  • spillies - 2012-11-07 09:35

    I am not going to call NKANDLAGATE, Zumaville anymore. And I will also not call ZUMAVILLE, Nkandlagate anymore. I will call it the Compound of a sick bastard!!!!

  • Lesetja Kgabo Malapile - 2012-11-07 09:36

    its ZumaVille cause i paid nd pay for the damn compound myself wheres he is living lavish him and his comrades that are blind folded by a corrupt individual who only cares about himself forgetting about the poor ppl who puts him there nd made him the mythr he is

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 11:55

      Three hoorays for you @Letsetja. I suppose we can call it what we like seeing as WE are all paying for it!!!

  • brendon.alberts - 2012-11-07 09:37

    Can they use the word \HAREM\ ?

  • itse.nnete.1 - 2012-11-07 09:38

    Does South Africa realise that we are being lead by wounded people.The ANC's every action reflects how they have not put the past behind.The ANC has not healed.They blame everything on apartheid and they still use it as their excuse for anything and everything.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-11-07 09:39

    why dont you look the word up in the dictionary , idiots

      william.ntsoane - 2012-11-07 10:07

      Which dictionary? Political, biblical, SABC Dictionary or............

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-11-07 14:29

      If Alladeen, the dictator, is anything to go by South African people will soon be HIV Zuma or (wait for it) HIV Zuma. Ta da!

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-11-07 16:54 money earns Zuma interest in the bank....

  • LoplopBirdSuperior - 2012-11-07 09:40

    That's their concern? Not the R200 million, but the terminonolgy?