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Sanef, Zuma bury the hatchet on signal jamming

Sanef says it has taken President Jacob Zuma's word that cellphone jamming will not happen again.

FILE: Screengrab from the 'bring back the signal' chant by the media in Parliament during State of the Nation Address 2015. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says it has taken President Jacob Zuma's word that cellphone jamming will not happen again.

Sanef met with Zuma at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Friday, just over a week after the State of the Nation Address.

Zuma says the signal jamming was something they weren't aware of, it was wrong, and he hopes government and the media can establish a better relationship.

Sanef's Mpumelelo Mkhabela says it's been a learning curve for all.

"There was no need for the president's State of the Nation Address to be disturbed for the first time in history just because cellphone signals could not work. It's an issue we could've addressed early, but as he correctly points out, it's regrettable and won't happen again. We take his word on that and both sides have agreed to be vigilant in future."

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