SABC censors Malema - staffer

2012-09-13 14:18

Johannesburg - SABC bosses have banned any mention of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema in news broadcasts, a staff member claimed.

The issue has been simmering for a while and the latest order was given on Wednesday, the SABC radio news editor, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed to News24.

"There is a huge censorship crisis going on, and news editors here are extremely unhappy about this but are too scared to speak out in case they are suspended," the staff member said.

"The directive obviously came from the SABC CEO [Lulama Mokhobo], she suspended Phil Molefe [chief executive of news] a few months ago over coverage given to Malema," he said. The order was communicated verbally so there would be no official trace of it.

Previously, all mentions of Malema had to be vetted by the political editor, he claimed.

"This is absolutely ridiculous. If he makes news, you have to reflect that, especially with the mine unrest. They want him to go away, which is total censorship, and totally against the editorial code and directive of the SABC," the staff member said.

"This is worse than the apartheid SABC."

SABC denial

However, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago categorically denied there was such a directive.

"I can safely say it's not true," he told News24 on Thursday.

"I don't know why people are so caught up on individuals. We don't report on individuals, we report on news and issues."

When asked whether Malema was edited out of clips on news bulletins, and about coverage Malema received during his address to suspended soldiers in Lenasia on Wednesday, he reiterated that the SABC "reports on issues, not people".

Kganyago dismissed claims of editorial interference and political bias doing the rounds on social media channels such as Twitter, saying these claims were the result of "baseless rumours".

This comes after the Friends of the Youth League claimed that an interview with Julius Malema on SABC's Metro FM on Tuesday was cancelled.

"The SABC has been reduced into a Zuma broadcasting corporation, only focusing on what [President] Jacob Zuma does and says," said suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said.

Malema was later interviewed on CNN by Christiane Amanpour.

The Mail & Guardian reported last week that SABC bosses had effectively banned Malema from radio and television news by editing out Malema clips, following an instruction from ANC leaders aligned to the campaign to have Zuma re-elected in Mangaung in December.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-13 14:25

    Biiig mistake. It reinforces what JuJu has been saying about censorship, and might strengthen his deluded cause.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-09-13 14:47

      No Biggie, wait for Malema repeats in two years time.

      Willie - 2012-09-13 15:03

      '...We don't report on individuals, we report on news and issues..."Kaizer what ever you smoking do not mix it with anything please

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-13 15:06

      The Revolution will not be televised

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-09-13 15:20

      If this is true, it will finally confirm the SABC's status as a government mouthpiece. And even if it isn't true, the champagne corks will be popping at E-News!

      rontheogre - 2012-09-13 15:21

      I agree that Malema should be kept out of the news, but not because of political or institutionalised censorship. It should be the public of SA that should demand(damn, I hate that word)that Juliass should be kept off air as we do not like repeats and low cost, amateurish soaps. Might miss the comedy, though.

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-13 14:28

    You mean the ANC is censoring Malema- who else controls SABC??

  • leigh.mos - 2012-09-13 14:34

    Its about time. Let the little fat boy sing to himself in the shower, I for one am sick of listening to his pathetic little song and dance. Could News24 please follow their lead

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-13 14:35


  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 14:36

    We all know the SABC is in the pockets of cANCer and is nothing more than their mouthpiece. Obviously the comrades are getting very nervous that Fat Boy will spill the beans to the miners as to who actually owns Lonmin. Cyril must be getting rather nervous I think.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-13 15:20

      Setlaela sa mosadi.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 15:32

      @Jackie.stone ~ tlogela kwa setlaela e se kla se hwetsa gare ga maoto a gago! FACT! and between your ears!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 16:49

      Jackie, before you call me stupid, read this and develop your mind a bit. It's not hard to do, so please try because it's in your interests.

  • patrickmpanyana.mogwaneng - 2012-09-13 14:37

    I refeuse to watch SABC news.I realised long time ago that Zuma and his friends are being forced to our eyes and ears.It is high time SA get the leader it deserve not the DJ it currently have.

  • lucky.ncube.5 - 2012-09-13 14:45

    ZBC in SA

  • sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-13 14:45

    he does not hold any public position whatsoever - so why reporting about him.

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-13 16:01

      Who said only public servents need broadcusting?

  • pacman.nommertwee - 2012-09-13 14:45

    Zooma where are you please wake up. Please come and work for a day or two. We need you. Are you on strike for a better pay?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-13 14:57

      Pacman, he's busy spewing cr@p (as usual) in parliament.

  • jake.ko.71 - 2012-09-13 14:58

    well by sensoring him, his effect on the masses are limit..malema uses the media for his propaganda...if you watch the first day when he arrived at marikana,... malema turned his head and saw the cameras and he smiled...knowing his plan will work to get his message out into South Africa

  • ken.myer.923 - 2012-09-13 14:58

    The SABC should not be Julius Malema's loudhailer. This political clown says very seldom anything that we need to hear on the news. Anyone interested in this man should follow him on Twitter. Malema is nothing but a fraud who will soon be arrested by the Hawks. He will definetely not make a comeback after Mangaung. For the first time since the all-too-brief golden era in the nineties it is worth watching the SABC news again at 7.

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  • siphom.mngadi.7 - 2012-09-13 15:02

    That's is why I no longer watch SABC news because they are all about Zuma and his friends.

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-09-13 15:09

    Three cheers for the SABC bosses!

      peter.ndamase - 2012-09-13 15:18

      The same strategy will be used to prevent DA from campaigning on elections. Four cheers maybe?

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-13 15:18

    Juju's a goner ! no matter who he supports to become the next President of the ANC, they'll be too scared to let him back in cause now they have seen what a loud mouth can do!...bye bye Juju...It's been real.

  • Lang Henning - 2012-09-13 15:25

    But is he really that newsworthy? Maybe if we ignore him he'll go away - it's worth a shot.

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-09-13 15:27

    The SABC is the mouthpiece of the government and the African National Congress. This situation of censorship is the results of leadership vaccuum in South Africa which the SG Mr. Gwede Mantshe is denying.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-13 15:32

    Weicome to Mangaung.

  • freddy.vandermerwe.7 - 2012-09-13 15:37

    No SABC! your programming already sucks!Malema like it or not is the only source of entertainment that you have left on your good for nothing SABC 1,2and3

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-13 15:37

    Victimhood has potency.

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-09-13 15:38

    This guy probably thinks he i nelson mandela by now,I've never seen such delusions as he is expressing. And why does he refer to himself in plural all the time?

  • Makgobe Khala Morwamotshe - 2012-09-13 15:40

    we wil see n listen 2Malema on Etv...we knw dat u SABC bosses ur coward

  • tolo.maano - 2012-09-13 15:50

    It was sabc b4 2009 thn ancb(african national congress broadcast now zuma broadcastion.I wonder after 2014 it will b wat...kmbc(kgalemamotlhanthe broadcast corporation....he got wat he deserve. Last time he was 1 who driver the mandate for sabc not to broadcast the campain of CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLE(COPE) it ok ...

  • jimmy.sekgobela.39 - 2012-09-13 15:57

    SABC is rubbish and useless denying us with accurate news. Silenting JUJU is the end of SABC.

  • velvybokov - 2012-09-13 16:00

    Although we do not know for definite whether SABC are indeed Censoring malema I certainly think its about time. For Malema to be addressing mineworkers is 1 thing. But to incite violence the way he does and for him to call for a 5 day strike out of every month is treason. He is attmepting to cripple this country and cause more damage than there already is. Furthermore... Now if he speaks to soldiers of the SANDF I would hate to think of him recruiting his own little army to try his own Coup... And although it may seem farfetched its not unfeasible. So yes... I think malema is dangerous and should not be given any attention. I think he needs to be isolated and neutralised from imposing his fanatical racist militant views on the people. God help us all if Malema wins with SANDF.

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-13 16:03

    Selective broadcusting = Brain washing, let the viewers decide.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-13 16:11

    Eish useless SABC ,Thanks to Etv DSTV ,U (SABC)doing absolutely nothing cos Malema is everywhere ,Newspapers,social media everywhere

  • john.morovonyovo - 2012-09-13 16:54

    long live Malema long live, us black people we have trust in u juju, who is Zuma? 70% of South Africa loves u juju, and don't misjudge that bcoz internet is for the privilege South African, everyone is singing your name.

  • peterdonb - 2012-09-13 16:58

    LOL. "The more that things change, The more they stay the same"

  • teleki.maker - 2012-09-13 18:58

    @jackie and @Irene ke eng ka lona?Hao!

  • teleki.maker - 2012-09-13 19:41


  • mandla.ngubane - 2012-09-14 09:02

    Now its becoming obvious dat des a political conspiracy against de young man, using state resources nd now SABC to silence hm

  • Kalimowakene - 2012-09-14 14:27

    You see..JUJU knwa the weakness of ANC and he is uisng that to his benefit. I love JUJU and we are coming just give us a bit of time.

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