SABC cans Mangaung interview - report

2012-12-05 08:24

Johannesburg - A MetroFM interview with three journalists on the ANC's upcoming elective conference in Mangaung was cancelled at the last minute, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Times newspaper reported that Sunday Times political editor S'thembiso Msomi, Business Day political editor Sam Mkokeli and Southern African bureau chief of the Financial Times, Andrew England, were already at the SABC studios when the interview was cancelled.

The show was to start at 20:00 on Tuesday with host Sakina Kamwendo.

"While in the studio, a call came through and one of the producers came in and asked us our names and publications we represented. Soon after the call was transferred to Kamwendo," said Msomi.

"She spoke to someone for a few minutes. A short while later we were told our views would no longer be needed."

A shocked Mkokeli told the Mail & Guardian that minutes before they were due on air, Kamwendo told the reporters she was no longer able to host them on her show as “higher powers” had instructed her not to.

No further explanation was offered as to why they were not allowed to speak and all three journalists left.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago declined to comment, saying he was not aware of the incident.

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-12-05 08:28

    Looks up and starts whistling...

      jono.qmann - 2012-12-05 08:33

      Hiding the truth will only last for a while still!!! soon we will become like Egypt and all these other countries were the people will take it in there own hands to resolve the problem! i hope it doesnt go that far but we can also not keep living like this!

      tzhepiezo - 2012-12-05 08:36

      Be very ware of the higher powers ;)

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-05 08:37

      And so it begins... Oh dear, and this is just the beginning. *insert sad fae here* Our poor, poor country. The first bout of Apartheid was bad enough, but to make the same mistake twice is just plain stupid and short-sighted.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-05 08:42

      Why don't they get those three people into a Sky or CNN studio and interview them. It could just get interesting and zuma's phone calls can go unanswered.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-12-05 08:46

      The National Party set a an example for the ANC. It is an example that the ANC obviously admires and agrees with.

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-12-05 08:49

      just the beginning...all must run to Zimbabwe or Mozambique whilst work permits are easy to get

      attie.mostert.9 - 2012-12-05 08:55

      LMAO, ANC just can't do anything!!! Scared of more skeletons coming out of the closet?

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-05 09:10

      ANC censorship = vitriolic JESSE DUARTTE

      alan.jerrold - 2012-12-05 09:33

      Oh, how scared the ANC are becoming. They KNOW they have totally messed up the country and robbed the poor blind, but they desperately want to hang on to their luxuries bought with hard-earned taxpayer money. SA deserves SO much better than these crooked clowns who are now exerting censorship worthy of the Nats.

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-12-05 09:53

      @alicia.myburgh.65 it was a Radio interview...

      clive.wannenburg - 2012-12-05 10:19

      Said it before, the SABC is a ANC run tool, which is why i watch e-TV for news.

      clive.wannenburg - 2012-12-05 10:20

      And that incudes there radio stations, who get calls and have to drop free speach.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-12-05 10:57

      sounds like one of those joikes where "third force", "dark forces" and "higher powers" walked into a bar! lol

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-12-05 08:29

    It has started banaana republic no more freedom of speach says JZ

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-05 09:13

      F**k Zipper and the donkey he rode in on.

      gift.ndlovu.564 - 2012-12-05 09:24

      “higher powers” So there is a GOD then..

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-05 09:24

      SABC is becomming state-run propaganda machine. Only airs views the ANC deems acceptable

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-05 10:08

      Julius Malema was the first to be canned on Sakina Kamwendo's show. I am just thinking of the canning of all those that are anti-JZ after Mangaung.

  • zakazarurwa.vuma - 2012-12-05 08:30

    this is the bigining

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-12-05 08:30

    Run and hide...

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-12-05 08:30

    Then they say democracy in SA is alive and well. *sigh*

  • rofras.rassie - 2012-12-05 08:31

    Abuse of Power...

  • gregory.nell.7 - 2012-12-05 08:31

    WTF the start of another Zuma "I do it my way" debarkle

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-05 08:31

    Who still watches SABC? The ANC sheep who cannot afford anything else

      garth.philpot - 2012-12-05 08:39

      about 90% of the voting public unfortunately...

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-12-05 09:17

      You obviously have a well-paying job and can afford to not watch SABC. If I understand the article correctly it was to be a radio interview, not television.

      lungelo.yili - 2012-12-05 11:46

      Shaun, most of SA's radio stations are run by the SABC

  • charlesglass1895 - 2012-12-05 08:32

    Freedom of speech and right to one's own opinion no longer a right in this country?

  • gkleingeld - 2012-12-05 08:34

    Wow, just wow. The ANC has truly become what it has spent it's entire exsitance fighting against. ANC is the new NATS of the "New South Africa". Why did she not do the interview anyway? "Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing!"

      lungelo.yili - 2012-12-05 11:46

      probably because if you rage against the ANC machine you lose job and limb

  • richard.zanner - 2012-12-05 08:36

    And so it begins.

  • zipho500 - 2012-12-05 08:37

    Is anyone surprised? Really? Like really shocked? Astounded? Dumbfounded? Mxm then please get a life,nothing shocks me from sabc anymore,don't know why anyone should,they are ANC mouthpiece anyways!!!!!

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-05 13:21

      True Zip, sad but true. Change of government our only way out of this mess. We have to give democracy a chance, even if it is just for once. Not the NP or ANC's version, true democracy Our children deserve better

  • jbooyse - 2012-12-05 08:38

    Blatantly censoring the truth !!!

  • collet.letsoalo - 2012-12-05 08:40

    This may be the beginning of an end or maybe the end of the beginning.

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-05 13:24

      The beginning. More and more people see the lies and will change. Well, I hope so

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-05 08:41

    I thought Zuma and Mantashe have already won and there is nothing to hide What r they scared of?

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-05 09:52

      Haha! Oh dear, Themba, you missed the point entirely! Let me explain independent media to actually, never mind.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-05 11:14

      Themba, your opinion is so almightily uninformed that I don't really know where to begin. I feel like Mark; where does one start? So I'll take it sentence by unthought-out sentence. We are not going to get the facts - ever. Motlanthe should stay out of politics if he can't handle criticism, constructive or otherwise. True, journalists are not holy creatures, just mostly seekers of truth and protectors of US. And last I looked, they hadn't forced their way in anywhere - THEY WERE SCHEDULED to be on air. For heavens sake, think straight.

  • carl.debeer.52 - 2012-12-05 08:44

    And they told us at school 'Animal Farm' was just a story...

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2012-12-05 08:58

      If you had paid any attention in school you would have known that Animal Farm is a parody of the Russian Revolution and rise of Communism, so your teacher lied if they told you it was just a story! But yes 'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others' bears striking similarities to the current situation!

      Skoppensboer - 2012-12-05 09:17

      I just wonder in which stage/chapter we are now? "Four legs bad"? Or "four legs better"?

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-12-05 10:54

      Venessa I think Carl was just being sarcastic

  • gary.dalton.75286 - 2012-12-05 08:48

    I'm not shocked at all. This regime is just living up to the African way!! Gaddafi / Saddam, they all were "good" teachers to SA's (so called)leaders.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-05 16:49

      The last time we had decent gouvernance was when Simon van der Stel was in charge, lol.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-12-05 08:50

    SABC has moved the interview to SAFM due to more audience coverage.Apologies

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-05 16:51

      is this true? Why block it at Metro then? Interview could be done on both stations?

  • mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-05 08:51

    Ask any ANC supporter and they will tell you that "this is right, to prevent media lies, you is a racist (sic), shut up mxm" (to paraphrase). They are all so brainwashed right now.

  • krish.naidoo.52 - 2012-12-05 08:52

    definately SABC are puppets for the anc.

  • ana.curcic - 2012-12-05 08:53

    cANCer is an ongoing sickness.

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-12-05 08:54

    So, who still has any doubt that the SABC is the political mouthpeice for thr ANC? I am gald I do not pay TV-license.

  • auric.goldfinger.3720 - 2012-12-05 08:54

    Why do I have to pay my license fee to an ANC mouthpiece? Their content is crap, so why do we have to pay? I refused to pay to a NAT mouthpiece.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-05 16:52

      I think those re-runs of A-team are ok, hey...bwaaaah.

  • peter.t.viljoen - 2012-12-05 08:56

    Somehow "I told u so" just doesn't seem enough especially after you called me racist for predicting that the ANC would completely f*ck this country up.

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-05 09:07

      Actually, you still get called a racist for stating the very observable truth.

  • oyama.tonjeni - 2012-12-05 08:58

    mxm SABC is jst ass kissin u knw who

  • baloyicecil - 2012-12-05 09:05

    Is the sabc a public broadcaster or government ( anc ) broadcaster

  • baloyicecil - 2012-12-05 09:06

    So true Peter so so true

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-05 09:08

    The ANC is seriously wounded and cannot afford to allow their own people let alone international viewpoints the reality of their FAILED SITUATION. Remember, that each time a small controversial issue has been thrown out into the public domain, many even worse issues were being rushed into secret actuality by the ANC rogues. Well, the #nkandlagate issue would never have been able to be kept permanently quiet and judging by the incremental growth in theft of public funds there, the covered up "other issues" must also be of astounding value and indicators might just have been aired in this censored show. Not quite what the ANC Politburo wants just as they transform SA once and for all into a tribal dictatorship. Watch this space all you who have been sleeping on it for so long!

  • dominique.wood.14 - 2012-12-05 09:09

    SANCBC is what I call it.

  • herman.kramer.988 - 2012-12-05 09:09

    Now tell me there isn't any corruption in the ANC ... Please people, vote for a Government to lead this Country, and not one that is destroying it! This is not what Madiba wanted.

  • kwenza.ndlovu - 2012-12-05 09:10

    i used 2read abt Africa Idi Amin,Robert Mugabe etc abt the way their abuse i never thought i'l c here.ANC cnt b allowed 2b ontamo akayiphikiswa its dangerous 4the nation

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-05 16:53

      We're in the same boat as them.

  • kwenza.ndlovu - 2012-12-05 09:11

    i used 2read abt Africa Idi Amin,Robert Mugabe etc abt the way their abuse i never thought i'l c here.ANC cnt b allowed 2b ontamo akayiphikiswa its dangerous 4the nation

  • kwenza.ndlovu - 2012-12-05 09:11

    i used 2read abt Africa Idi Amin,Robert Mugabe etc abt the way their abuse i never thought i'l c here.ANC cnt b allowed 2b ontamo akayiphikiswa its dangerous 4the nation

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-12-05 09:11

    Well if the ANC are so adapt at rigging their internal elections imagine how proficient they will be with the national elections.

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-12-05 09:13

    SABC againand again! And BORING!

  • - 2012-12-05 09:15

    Now I would like to hear ANC supporters speak, they wont say a word cause as they say everyday out-side ANC is cold. I say it'll be cold for those who dont have back bones (education). Stay hungry stay foolish.

  • thabo.p.m - 2012-12-05 09:17

    who ever still watches sabc crap is a moron i don't watch ass i once told them why should a pay tv license for the crap they show us, news are censored i think the only thing that is not censored is the sabc news weather i will not even mind if the dstv can its sabc airwaves for good and gives us extra channes for sabc crap 1,2,3 nxa

  • more.pido - 2012-12-05 09:18

    dey hv started again dz fckng political ap'ointise.

  • paul.korb.9 - 2012-12-05 09:19

    Who remembers what happened in Germany before the Nazis siezed power -this is another blight and underlying concerns to our young democracy! the people will not be silenced! learn from history -you idiots!

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-05 09:20

    heres a plan, how about canning the entire sabc, while about it can the entire anc too before they can this country

  • tumelo.mphahlele.5 - 2012-12-05 09:20

    Free speech? A right inshrined in our constitution. But when we have a leader who does not even know how to define democracy, how can we expect him to uphold it? The SABC is no longer uhuru! What despots! So frustrating!

      colin.langley - 2012-12-05 17:56

      I agree with you Tumelo....interesting times indeed. While the rest of Africa is evolving as the "new China" we seem to be going backwards for the sake of a liberation movement that is more interested in liberating the tax coffers of this country. It's 2012 for god's sake!

  • william.ntsoane - 2012-12-05 09:21

    So the circus goes on and on and on. I think the SABC under apartheid was better.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-05 16:59

      They were the same, gouvernment mouthpiece. If fact: the 'changes' made in this country for normal folks for the past 18 years would have been done by the NP too I guess. Why didn't the ANC change their name to NP when they got together? It would have been so much more true. Now the DA is in the very situation as it was under the NP, in opposition. Then called PFP though.

  • more.pido - 2012-12-05 09:21

    dey hv started again dz fckng political ap'ointise.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-05 09:22

    And still Mantaashe denies ANC "arranges" leadership and everything else to do with ANC. It seems to me that the ANC is getting extremely sensitive to criticism - if you can't take the heat "BAN IT". Lovely!! Secrecy Bill already been used.

  • KCorsar - 2012-12-05 09:22

    Some opinions just dont want to be heard as the truth hurts too much

  • mojalefa.chaka - 2012-12-05 09:24

    African National Criminals If you have nothing 2 loose you have nothing 2 hide

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-05 11:18

      That makes no sense...

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-12-05 09:25

    It is clear that our current leaders are fast learners. The apartheid government thought them well! All those who abuse power will soon meet the same fate as their predecessors!! The Polokwane Pirates are using the same tactics they were complaining about with the 96 Class Project! We are watching and mark my words this country will have its Morsi moment!

      Anathi Matika - 2012-12-05 10:16

      They are stupid learners.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-05 09:26

    if you have nothing to hide - you have nothing to fear the way the cANCer is behaving of late, they have LOTS to hide

  • mojalefa.chaka - 2012-12-05 09:26

    African National Criminals If you have nothing 2 loose you have nothing 2 hide

  • lawson.lutchman - 2012-12-05 09:27

    Seriously...can no one else see the puppet strings!