SABC roasted over cancelled show

2012-12-05 22:19

Johannesburg - The SABC's last-minute cancellation of a MetroFM discussion on the upcoming ANC national elective conference was widely criticised on Wednesday.

Democratic Alliance communications spokesperson, MP Marian Shinn, called for SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng to be removed from his "news oversight role".

"While, at this stage, there is no confirmation that he had a direct hand in pulling the MetroFM show at the last minute, he bears the responsibility for the news operation and its current trend of nurse-maiding the reputation of President Jacob Zuma," Shinn said in a statement.

She criticised Motsoeneng for the SABC's decision to stop using the terms "Nkandlagate" and "compound" when referring to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence, and for not running a Fish and Chip Company advert featuring a cartoon version of Zuma.

Shinn said she would ask the SABC board to remove Motsoeneng.

Congress of the People MP Juli Kilian also criticised the decision to pull the advert and argued it violated the law.

"In the absence of an acceptable explanation and appropriate corrective action, Cope will bring the matter to [Independent Communications Authority of South Africa] for a formal investigation into a breach of the public broadcaster’s licence conditions," Kilian said in a statement.

She said if the SABC board did not "rein in its senior management" the party would insist on the dismissal of the board next year.

Motsoeneng told reporters the show was pulled because it should have invited a representative from the ANC to participate. Shinn dismissed this explanation.

"Since when must an actuality programme between recognised senior journalists be moderated by the presence of an ANC political deployee? Surely this is not the Kremlin," she said.

The ANC Youth League called the cancellation of the interviews "tragic" and "censorship".

"The [SABC] consistently fails to uphold objectivity in the execution of its mandate, and has become a ridiculous pawn in the political theatre they are expected to impartially report on," the youth league said in a statement.

The league called on the SABC to provide "fair and objective reporting" ahead of Mangaung.

The Cape Town Press Club said in a statement: "We are deeply disturbed by this apparent example of blatant censorship, something which is an insult to the public's right to know."

  • pws69 - 2012-12-05 22:32

    The NP joins the ANC, and now all the pigs look AND act the same (with apologies to George Orwell)

      sheamus.drager - 2012-12-06 07:57

      I said Zimbabwe in 20yrs. Looks like it may be sooner.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-06 08:45

      Why don't they just rename it the ANCBC already??

      Joe - 2012-12-06 09:03

      @rebel.roots7 - Commen sence, really? How about taking a look in the mirror first on lack of education before accusing others of lacking it.

  • sipho.zuma.796 - 2012-12-05 22:32

    Free the media! Government needs to let go of the SABC. It should be run by political independents. I.e no ANC cards required to qualify as management

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-06 10:01

      It will never happen - national media are always controlled by the ruling party

  • trevor.dean.10 - 2012-12-05 22:38

    This is why I never watch SABC TV channels or listen to their radio stations, other than occasional live sport on Radio 2000.

  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-12-05 22:39

    We need to get hold of this thing!!!!ASAP., lets get it out there !

  • lawrence.sathekge - 2012-12-05 22:48

    The problem is our ANC, you can't try to controll everything, Former President Nelson Mandela and everybody else fought 4 freedom and democracy, And what's these?, A bunch of Power-Drunk men and women who are failling to see beyond today..

  • ewald.kruger.7 - 2012-12-05 23:25

    I saw this guy's glassy unemotional eyes on the news and I shuddered. Well, perhaps I'm not overreacting:

      barnie.huysamer - 2012-12-06 06:57

      Agree. Lied about having a matric certificate, Bloemfontein Regional editor in 2009 and now SABC Chief Operating Officer ?????

  • shaunsm1th - 2012-12-06 02:39

      barnie.huysamer - 2012-12-06 07:10

      The man had a vision for the new SA. Mandela had the same vision. Zuma only sees himself..

      althea.meintjies - 2012-12-06 07:17

      How soon did they forget Steve Biko's values and views, values he died for!

  • clivegoss - 2012-12-06 05:38

    Is there still anybody left out there, that still listens , or watches any sabc programs ?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-06 10:03

      Actually tens of millions of people I'm afaid.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-10 09:45

      Very few and NEVER the news... Possibly about 5 or 6 a week!

  • graeme.stockwell - 2012-12-06 06:20

    Come on its not SABC ANC Broadcasting Commission. The fat cat directors need to be paid their million rand bonus this Christmas. And it's not going to come for the profit they generated!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-12-06 10:05

      Which is exactly why they have to kowtow to government

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-06 07:00

    Our country is listed among most corrupt countries. I pray that we may have wise leaders who can take us to great heights. Thank you SABC for being biased and proving loyalty to ANC which is dragging our country....!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-06 07:15

    The SABC is an ANC propaganda machine. I can undersrand why people don't want to pay their TV license.

  • carl.kirstein - 2012-12-06 08:01

    I'll be damned... It's would appear that the ANC's clever ploy to unite the country is finally coming together, with COPE, the DA and ANCYL able to aggree on something... go ANC!

  • Sonnyboy Maluleke - 2012-12-06 08:12

    we are going back to old days of sanctions, South Africa will be put out @ BRICS because of the secrecy bill. Shame to Nkandlagate.

  • PERCYMN - 2012-12-06 08:22

    I wonder if the national election will be fair with all the corruption

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2012-12-06 10:35

    "The [SABC] consistently fails to uphold objectivity in the execution of its mandate, and has become a ridiculous pawn in the political theatre they are expected to impartially report on," the youth league said in a statement. Agreed!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-12-10 09:39

    Same old.... same old....

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