SABC defends decision on Mangaung interview

Acting SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday said management took a decision to pull a show from Metro FM because the ANC was not invited.

The public broadcaster said because of this, the show would not be balanced.

Sunday Times political editor S'thembiso Msomi, Business Day political editor Sam Mkokeli and Financial Times Southern African bureau chief Andrew England were scheduled to speak to presenter Sakina Kamwendo about media coverage of the ANC’s upcoming elective conference in Mangaung.

Kamwendo received an instruction at the last minute to cancel the show.

Speaking a press conference on the incident in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the decision was taken by management in the interests of fairness and balance.

The conference was heated, with journalists pushing Motsoeneng about the fact that the show was about media coverage and not about the ANC.

In September, an interview with expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema on Metro FM was also cancelled.

Malema was due to speak to Kamwendo as well.

The SABC has denied any political interference.