IFP condemns SABC 'censorship'

2012-12-13 18:52

Johannesburg - The IFP on Thursday bemoaned the reported scrapping of an SABC television interview with cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro.

"South Africans should have a public broadcaster not a state broadcaster," Inkatha Freedom Party spokesperson Liezl van der Merwe said.

The politicisation of the SABC was concerning.

"The irregularities in editorial practice and policies in the SABC are glaring," she said.

The Times reported that the SABC had decided not to air the interview with Shapiro, better known as Zapiro.

Zapiro said the pre-recorded show was not aired following "orders from above".

"Even in the interview it felt like I was being pushed into having to say something positive about the president," he was quoted as saying.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told The Times he did not know the reasons behind the decision to cancel the Interface interview.

The IFP hoped the Independent Communications Authority of SA would investigate.

It noted the "conspicuous silence" from Communications Minister Dina Pule.

"While the SABC suffers one scandal after the next we have heard no clear indication from the minister of what she intends to do to ensure that the SABC regains its credibility."

In October, Zuma withdrew a damages claim against Zapiro for a cartoon depicting him unbuckling his trousers as his allies hold down "Lady Justice".

Last week, a radio talk show where three journalists would have discussed the ANC's Mangaung conference was cancelled.

The SABC said there should have been ANC delegates present to ensure the show was balanced.

Earlier this week, The Times reported on a letter purportedly written by SABC reporters, producers and presenters accusing the broadcaster of political interference.

The workers claimed to have been "taken to task" for not giving adequate coverage to President Jacob Zuma.

The SABC announced this week it would centralise control of talk shows at its radio stations.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-13 19:58

    Let the SABC sort out its issues....coz majority of south africans love their SABC....nd will continue to watch their Isidingo,generations,soccer nd many more great programs by the SABC....they r not affected by these censorship nd so called political interference...

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-12-13 20:20

    SABC its a micky mouse. Run by thugs

  • patrick.mahungela - 2012-12-13 20:24

    Why always the ifp are against every decision the anc taken? They have lost the power let them accept

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-13 20:52

      Because the ANC is trying to change Democracy into a DICTATORSHIP!!

  • ramosa61 - 2012-12-13 20:26

    Vox domini -- quamvis res mutantur, sic permanent. Meminisse PW Botham BJ Vorsteremque! Nuntiatores hoc modo gesserunt. Paene mirabile lectu.

      debduplessis - 2012-12-13 20:42

      and in English? even google translator does not know this

      ramosa61 - 2012-12-14 08:02

      Latin > English: His master's voice -- however much things change, they always remain the same. Remember PW Botha and BJ Vorster! They controlled reporters in the same way. Ít's hardly surprising.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-13 20:35

    SABC has had its day! ... not watched anything on it in 10 years and have never missed it!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-13 20:36

    The SABC is now working like Zimbambe broadcasting Corporation-is being run by office of the president. The sabc is another Vukuzenzele project. Vukuzenzele -govt newsletter

  • lungelo.nsibande.7 - 2012-12-13 20:55

    We hope the IFP long awaiting IMBIZO this weekend will be broadcast! Pls SABC!

  • sipho.zuma.796 - 2012-12-13 21:29

    The majority are affected.. the truth is hidden from them and they are fed lies and propaganda from the cANCer. Mbuso, you are obviously an overpaid govt employee or benefitting from corruption to choose the ANCs side when clearly anyone capable of rational thought would choose real leaders like the DA.

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