Madiba Cup show cut

2010-07-13 07:14 - The SABC has defended its decision to cut to a long Coca Cola advertisement during Nelson Mandela’s lap of honour at the World Cup closing ceremony, saying that Mandela is a potential enemy of the state given his role as Thabo Mbeki’s mentor. “You say Madiba, we say undesirable rogue element,” said a spokesman.

Millions of South African viewers following the closing ceremony on the national broadcaster found themselves watching a lengthy Coca Cola commercial as Mandela and Graca Machel were driven on a lap of honour around Soccer City on Sunday night.

SABC1 cut back to the action just in time to see Mandela leave the field, an oversight described as a “shocking slip-up” by SABC spokesman Trotsky Tshabalala.

“We are appalled that our producers allowed the nation to see a glimpse of the Scarlet Pimpernel,” said Tshabalala.

Recent reports suggest that the SABC has banned any mention of former President Mbeki on the broadcaster, while insiders confirm that interns are hard at work removing Mbeki’s face from all past SABC footage.

“At first we just tried putting a fuzzy blue dot over his face,” said Tshabalala. “But you could still see the pipe and hear that sexy hot-chocolate voice.”

He said Mbeki was now being obscured with a digitised Caramello Bear.

Tshabalala would neither confirm nor deny that the SABC was also going to ban any footage of Mandela, but conceded that Mandela’s role as Mbeki’s mentor made him a “hell of a dodgy”.

“We’re not saying he is a counterrevolutionary,” said Tshabalala. “Yet.”

He said Mandela’s role in Mbeki’s “diabolical plunge into Satanic counterrevolutionary depravity” would be discussed by a top panel of ANC thinkers as soon they had found some.

“If they find him innocent, then he will be reinstated as the adored father of our nation,” said Tshabalala.

“If not, then he gets the blue dot. Or the Caramello Bear.”

He added that history was not about who was right or wrong, or what was true or false.

“In the end it’s about who has the footage and the Photoshop.”

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