SABC 'censors' negative Zuma reporting

2013-12-24 15:45

Johannesburg - Employees at the SABC have been instructed not to broadcast any reports on calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, the Right2Know (R2K) campaign and SOS Coalition claimed on Tuesday.

This was simply the latest case of politically-motivated interference in editorial independence at the public broadcaster, R2K spokesperson Mark Weinberg said in a statement.

"It makes a mockery of the principle of freedom of expression in the media and amongst citizens generally," he said.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago denied the claim.

"There was no such instruction. People just interpreted things their own way. [The journalists] were told not to punt one side of the story [but] to balance it." he said.

"They spent a long time [reporting on] one side of the story without calling to get views from the other [Zuma's] side."

Weinberg said the Broadcast, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers' Union (Bemawu) had made the organisations aware of what was happening at the SABC.

He said that, according to Bemawu, some of its members at the SABC were given the instruction on Friday, when they returned from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) conference at which calls for Zuma's resignation were made.

"Such conduct weakens the institution, leaving media workers who are committed to editorial independence vulnerable to political intimidation," Weinberg said.

Bemawu could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this month, City Press reported that the SABC had banned broadcasts of the booing of President Jacob Zuma at the memorial service for former president Nelson Mandela.

The crowd booed when Zuma arrived at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, and every time his face was shown on the big screen.

This could be seen by viewers of the SABC's live broadcast of the memorial.

The newspaper said that it learnt from six independent sources, including field reporters, producers and technical crew in the SABC's news division, that an instruction was given to ban broadcasts of the booing.

  • Mosilinyane Claudi - 2013-12-24 15:58

    Luckily we have other news media.

      Kelu Lamont - 2013-12-24 16:23

      enca,they tell it like it is...

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-24 16:58

      SABC????? Who still watches this cr@p?!!?

      Jaco Wium - 2013-12-24 21:03

      @ Mike: Not everybody can afford DSTV. The ANC knows that, hence the censoring. Just one more reason why so many voters are politically illiterate.

      Caine Abel - 2013-12-24 22:10

      Muppets rule

      Frank Drebben - 2013-12-25 06:37

      F U Zuma, and to SABC: F U even more

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-25 11:17

      @Jaco: Did you notice how many DSTV antennas there are in informal settlements?

      Luzuko Mtoyi - 2013-12-25 22:06

      Not news24, I suppose. Because they learnt well from the Groot Krokodil all about censorship.

      Jason Marshall - 2013-12-26 11:05

      Unfortunately 90% of SA who cannot afford satellite and internet.

  • Grace Andtruth - 2013-12-24 15:59

    SABC you can ban all you want... Its not going to change the way we feel about Booboo zooma!! In fact it will only aggravate the situation. Best he step down

      trev2 - 2013-12-24 17:28

      Yes, I DEMAND the immediate resignation of Zuma and his entire cabinet, plus the board and senior management of the SABC.

      Caine Abel - 2013-12-25 16:03

      Sabc reporters now sabc puppets control by ZAnews muppets

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-12-25 23:56

      So in actual fact, we are going back pre 1994, with everything kept under wraps. What the hell is wrong with this country. First a police state, then 'supposed freedom fighters, then an Election, then democracy, then back to aPolice State. Let me move to Russia. At least I know where I stand with Vladimir Putin.

      Kenny Williams - 2013-12-26 12:10

      Hope he is sensoring some of his own party members who are asking for his head. Zuma is going down and hopefully his party animals as well. And I don't mean party animals in a complementary way.

  • Warren Rodel - 2013-12-24 16:06

    Zuma the LOOOOSER!

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-30 15:59

      Uuummmmmggggh! (Clearing my throat!) Was he ever a winner??!

  • leon.toerien - 2013-12-24 16:07

    I love it! Soon the top dogs at SABC will be out with Booo..... Sorry..... Zuma!

  • Macmillien Amos - 2013-12-24 16:10

    Well I smell resignatxn b4 full term by Zuma,wt goes around comes around!

  • Martin Bekker - 2013-12-24 16:15

    we don't need any body to report on something we already know ,WE WILL READ THE REPORTS ON WHY THE ANC LOST THE 2014 ELECTIONS ,,HAHAHAHAHAH

  • Koonradie Steyn - 2013-12-24 16:17

    Sabc a bunch of incompetent administration who will ask for a bail out from zuma 's corrupt government now and then.

  • Stormy Naidu - 2013-12-24 16:21

    Gag orders to the media!!! Thank goodness for social media...LOL...

  • Schalk Bothma - 2013-12-24 16:22

    Be carefull, SABC still has the ear of the masses, this must not be allowed to happen and the truth needs to get out the people, this is the only way to have a free and fair South Africa!

      Perfume - 2013-12-24 19:20

      Then somebody needs to become the voice in the crowd and educate the masses. Who does Zumaboo think he is, the American media writes a lot of sh%t about their President, and nothing is being censored. Those behind closed doors needs to stop whispering in Zumaboo's ear by lying and telling him that he might be the most powerful president in the world. Delusional.

  • Aroka Murombe - 2013-12-24 16:23

    And I will be stopping paying for my tv license

  • Joel K Tarus - 2013-12-24 16:30

    Dictatorship is coming in slowly but sure

      joseph.gomba.7 - 2013-12-24 16:40

      Sign of dictating things

      Tshepo Seepe Semenya - 2013-12-24 17:41

      Guess who said the man is a dictator...

  • michael.mckinon.1 - 2013-12-24 16:34

    You can run but you cannot hide!!!!!

  • Mario Kleynhans - 2013-12-24 16:36

    & we are expected to pay tv licenses?

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2013-12-24 16:42

    Brain washing on a grand scale. "cANCer" version of Pravda.

  • Ntlahla Tiva - 2013-12-24 16:42

    who's fighting for his political survival using state resources now?the man is in real trouble.

      Caine Abel - 2013-12-25 10:53

      Ja what desperado nut job....sorry double nut job

  • Ntlahla Tiva - 2013-12-24 16:47

    Guys please don't be too hard to the man.have you notice that he's lost the can't forcefully make the man lose the weight like this.

      Chris Reynolds - 2013-12-25 12:54

      its AIDS

  • Themba Khumalo - 2013-12-24 16:48

    The SABC, like taxpayers money, belongs to the people, not the ANC.

      Hannetjie Gawler - 2013-12-25 21:56

      Themba, you are 100% correct. The tax money is the people's money. We pay them the salaries they get. Fire them if they don't perform. Every 2nd Major leaves with a golden handshake after enriching themselves. What a cozy job, you steal and walk out rich. No this must stop. How many Zulus are in Parlement? Another person said Zuma will never give control back to the Xhosas again.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-12-25 22:26

      Hannetjie, the ANC abhors tribalism, racism and sexism. Look carefully at its make-up and cross-section. It is a rainbow party.

      Johan van Papendorp - 2013-12-26 00:15

      Themba, I dont know the tribes Zumas close colleagues belong to, so I cant comment on that. But there definitely appears to be some basis for their selection. Is it ineptitude? As far as racism goes, the ANC is creating an impression of reverse white on black racism. If what you say about the ANC is true, they are failing dismally on that point. Their cadre deployment policy results on incapable people being deployed, and redeployed Elsewhere when they fail. Either what you state is in fact NOT ANC policy, or their cadre selection panel is incapable. Whichever, it is costing SA. The citizens want a change.

  • Thulani Ibism - 2013-12-24 16:50

    How do you balance the news? Do you do that by eliminating the current feed, so that you can strike a balance by not reporting at all. So much for BALANCE. On the other hand, why must the editorial staff be told how to do their work? Who is doing the "telling"? Zuma's banana Republic. ....

  • Sonnyboy Simelane - 2013-12-24 16:53


  • Lerato Rato - 2013-12-24 16:55

    i won't pay tv licence,

      Nic Mechanic - 2013-12-26 00:11

      hahaha's the right thing to do....

  • Patrick Mashaba - 2013-12-24 17:00

    When they are done with SABC , they 'll start to think of assasinating some individuals who are threat to them to be in power for a long time . Dictators work these ways when they see that they lost popularity to their own people . South Africa 'll be another banana republic if we don't fight for change by marking our vote or cross wisely . We are moving back to that time of apartheid where government used its power to control the media more especially SABC . Our democracy is good and we must save it by making our minds when we cust our votes .

  • Braam Du Plessis - 2013-12-24 17:04

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - George Orwell.

  • Sthembiso Shabangu - 2013-12-24 17:09

    Here we are trying to make our politicians to account for their actions and you find ppl like Moloi accusing whites of hating Zuma or the Anc. What's up with you Moloi?ds has nothing to do with race.

  • Difa Mashwama - 2013-12-24 17:10

    guys mr president Zuma is not a saint nor a messiah , he is a human being like all of us.

      Eben Van Derr Merwe - 2013-12-24 17:56

      So we will condone criminal and corrupt behaviour because he's "a human being like all of us"?, open your eyes man, next we will be condoning rapists and murderers because the are human???. what a stupid comment

      Walter Marafioti - 2013-12-25 06:55

      All of us? speak for your self... retard

      Karel Kotz - 2013-12-25 09:20

      Except he has no conscience!

  • Andile S'nethemba Mdaka - 2013-12-24 17:14

    Which censorship was there because those news were everywhere? The first time I heard it was on radio,the Sabc news site also ran the story.

  • Trevor Mkoko - 2013-12-24 17:15

    shame we are going down the grain now

  • Richard Nappies - 2013-12-24 17:17

    Are we going back to the tactics of the Nats. Surely Gwede (as ANC) you cannot allow this. Are we reversing the gains of the struggle. It is a sad state of affairs.

  • Langa Kapueja - 2013-12-24 17:20

    havn't read the whole story and don't need to after reading the headlines... No More Sabc 1, 2, 3 for me and my family of 1.

      Langa Kapueja - 2013-12-27 03:22

      i wish news24 wouldn't 'censor' what I'm about to say to you, piece of crap!

  • Munjongo Jump The-Bullet - 2013-12-24 17:20

    Hey Jacob Boomer, i don't think there's anyone who is watch anc SABC here.

  • Michel Konings - 2013-12-24 17:38

    Luckely we got ENCV and foreign broadcasters

  • Silencekhorombi Silence - 2013-12-24 17:42

    About 750 prasa workers has been dismissed since january till today for joining non cosatu union,the same zuma instructed his puppet lucky montana,the same sabc didnt cover our marches for the past 12 months so that the whole south africa and the world could not knw that here our democracy is face under zanc government.

  • Ntlahla Tiva - 2013-12-24 18:10

    there's never better time than this for EFF to capitalise on ANC's inability to act swiftlly and decisively against the president bad publicity.

  • Sipho Gift - 2013-12-24 18:14

    Why sabc is protecting the thug zuma anyway who cares what they broadcast coz its just crap that we've install dishes so we can listen 2 news that acurate & no fear or favour not sabc coz it belongs 2 cancer regime

  • mzushweme - 2013-12-24 18:16

    Kanti lizoqhashumba iselwa

      Ntlahla Tiva - 2013-12-24 18:22

      uzobe uphi umphokoqo mzu?

      Walter Marafioti - 2013-12-25 06:57

      another one ..retard

  • John Wilkes Booth - 2013-12-24 18:47

    hahaha jokes on u zuma ur fake i knew u were going to be a problem wen u were voted in as anc president couple of yrz back sabc my foot i have a dstv i couldnt careless reali n i dont pay no tv license

  • Danie van der Mahlangu - 2013-12-24 19:02

    Malena once sad and seems lik no 1 is takin him serious this guy must go down and get arrestd fo his rong doings

  • Des Cider - 2013-12-24 19:03

    Why censor the thing we all detest? We need a good laugh occasionally and pointers in the right direction...

  • Danie van der Mahlangu - 2013-12-24 19:04

    Sabc its ruld by zuma now?thts why etv dsnt tak gornmt sh**t nje

  • Kgosi Motleleng Mosana - 2013-12-24 19:08

    Zuma has gone too far, even the SABC doesn't report all the negative comments and the out cry about e-tolls are not reported on SABC, fork this motherforkers government....

  • Sylvester Raletjena - 2013-12-24 19:09

    The sabc is runned at lithuli house by jackdaniels mthembu.

  • Richard Mokoena - 2013-12-24 19:11

    only one word describes this - "DICTATORSHIP"

  • Perfume - 2013-12-24 19:13

    News is free and fair on etv. I am waiting for the morning I wake up to breaking news on etv "Zumaboo has resigned" - this is not Zimbabwe in case Zumaboo has forgotten, we are living in a democratic country. If he does not want anyone discussing him then he needs to make Nkandla his own republic and live there away from us. Do not delete this comment News24.

      Charla Mankas - 2013-12-24 19:32

      Is this guy a president or a comedian? I would like to see his next stunt in less than a month from now. yaa ne, what a clown for a President.

  • Tiyani Khosa - 2013-12-24 19:14

    hahahahaha booooooooooooooma boooooooooooooooma why dnt u resign man,dnt force things u ate state money wht more do u want boooooooooooooooooooooooooooma

  • Kgosi Motleleng Mosana - 2013-12-24 19:16

    SA president doesn't have Grade 12, SABC COO doesn't have Grade 12, what do you expect from this two idiots...

  • John Wilkes Booth - 2013-12-24 19:20

    i think its funny how jacob zuma got a swimming pool in his nkandla house and yet no one in the family knows how to swim. lol he felt like using tax payers money

      Charmaine Newman - 2013-12-26 12:15

      Yeah John I agree. Hope they installed one hell-of-a-lot of showers to keep the family disease free.

  • Shalom Britz - 2013-12-24 19:30

    We not surprised cANCer destroys everything they touch, why they wud protect B(Z)ooooma? The guy is a useless period n killing everything tht we have fought for. He mst RESIGN booooooooo

  • Ayavuya Mfenyana - 2013-12-24 19:31

    Zuma is such a dumb*ss! It's clear that the only reason he became president was for self enrichment and not for the people! Why the f*ck did he join the liberation movement?

      King Swayi - 2013-12-24 20:30

      He thought he was being offered a job.

  • Ben Small - 2013-12-24 19:35

    SABC is anyway better known as the history channel!

  • Simbonile Dudumayo - 2013-12-24 19:47

    is this what we are paying tv license for?thus i opt to watch etv's news and scandal by 7:30

  • Lwandile Stuff Booi - 2013-12-24 19:54

    i rely dnt undrstand y Zuma dosnt jst stapdown coz its clear we as da public dnt want him.

      John Butler - 2013-12-24 20:31

      What's even more baffling is wht the ANC don't force him to step down. They are losing a lot of supporters with this clown in charge.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-12-24 23:37

      The ANC wants him. The Alliance wants him. We are not a democracy, we are a benign dictatorship