SABC News is sponsoring free airtime to a massive Christian convention featuring popular US preacher and author Bishop TD Jakes. It’s being organised by a family member of SABC News boss Phil Molefe.
Phil Molefe’s father, Bishop Phillip Molefe, will speak at the event, while his nephew, Metro FM DJ T-Bo Touch, is one of the organisers.
However, Phil Molefe and SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago emphasised that it was not a financial sponsorship.
“We’re just covering the event and we are its media partner,” Phil Molefe said.
Kganyago said Bishop TD Jakes was a big name that the SABC couldn’t ignore and they would do a story on the event and get priority.
“They’ve requested us to promote the event,” Kganyago said.
He said even if it had been someone else (other than Phil Molefe’s family), the SABC would have made the same
“The issue of conflict of interest is neither here nor there,” Kganyago said.
Soweto’s Orlando Stadium will host the “It’s Your Time – Ke Nako”, billed as a convention of a lifetime, on Wednesday.
Organisers promise “an explosive full-day seminar with transformative personal, business and spiritual revivals and insights”, and an opportunity to empower and change the lives of young Sowetans.
T-Bo Touch’s grandfather and Phil Molefe’s father, Bishop Phillip Molefe, is among the event’s “supporting speakers”.
The convention also features Bishop Noel Jones, the brother of actress and singer Grace Jones.
T-Bo Touch – real name Thabo Molefe – lived with Bishop Jones’ family, “with fully paid tuition and accommodation”, while studying in the US from 1998 until he returned to the country a few years ago.
The event is sponsored by SABC News, T-Bo Touch’s Touch Lives initiative, Thami Ngubeni’s Thamzin Media, Metro FM and the Sefako Group, among others.
Local gospel acts such as Benjamin Dube, Tshepiso Motaung and the Oasis Bible Church Choir will also feature.
Bishop Phillip Molefe preaches at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Sharpeville, where SABC News boss Phil Molefe was born.
Tickets, said to be selling fast, are priced from R150.
A similar event will be held in Durban on Thursday.