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SABC cancels Metro FM's Mangaung discussion

A Metro FM DJ was allegedly instructed to call-off an interview with three journalists last night.

SABC.

JOHANNESBURG - A Metro FM presenter was allegedly instructed to call-off an interview with three guests on Tuesday, who were due to speak on her 'Road to Mangaung' radio feature.

Sakina Kamwendo is reported to have played music for several minutes after she was forced to cancel a political discussion with three print journalists.

An emotional Kamwendo continued with the rest of the show without the input of her guests.

In September, Kamwendo was also due to interview expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema during his tour of mines, but the ANC renegade apparently received a message from her saying that management at the public broadcaster told her to can the interview.

Business Day journalist Sam Mkokeli, the Sunday Times' S'thembiso Msomi and Financial Times bureau editor Andrew England were set to speak last night, on the ANC's upcoming elective conference in Mangaung.

But just minutes before the debate was set to air, Kamwendo was allegedly told to pull the plug on the discussion.

Mkokeli said the host was forced to play music for 15 minutes instead of conducting the interview.

"You could pick up that something was wrong, but we thought maybe it was technical. Then she went on air and said 'I'm not going to talk about the Mangaung conference'."

Mkokeli said the cancelling of the interviews felt like an ambush.

He said Kamwendo informed them that their boss had "got instruction from the hierarchy."

"I don't know where the instruction came from, but it sounded like it was a very serious issue."

When asked by a listener last night whether a gag order had been placed, Kamwendo said, "This is a fantastic station, a fantastic platform and I will not, I will not...be the one to dishonour it."

Spokesperson for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Kaizer Kganyago, on Tuesday told Eyewitness News he could not comment on the matter, and has so far been unavailable to speak this morning.

ANC delegates will at their conference elect new leaders who will most likely govern the country in 2014.

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