SABC assures soccer fans

Sunday's African Champions League match was not aired after two crew members were arrested.

The SABC office block in Auckland Park. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said on Monday it would do everything in its power to broadcast the remaining fixtures in Orlando Pirates' (Bucs) African Champions League Football campaign.

The national broadcaster could not air Sunday's match after two of its crew members were arrested while trying to broadcast the second-leg game between Orlando Pirates and TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said, "We cannot be deterred by events like these. Depending on where they are going, we are prepared to go with them and make sure that the public of South Africa sees this. It has moved from being an Orlando Pirates issue to being a South African issue."

The SABC were in Lubumbashi to broadcast the CAF Champions League match between local side TP Mazembe and Orlando Pirates, but the public broadcaster was barred from broadcasting the match.

Some of the SABC crew was also detained briefly before being released.

A radio reporter's cellphone SIM card was confiscated by police.

Bucs boss Irvin Khoza has apparently expressed disappointment following the incidents and as he is a member of the CAF inter-club committee, he is expected to raise the issue at a CAF meeting in two weeks' time.