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ANN7 apologises to Hanekom for factual misrepresentation

Hanekom lodged a complained to the BCCSA after a guest said Nelson Mandela had in 1996 called him an apartheid spy.

FILE: Former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - MultiChoice has confirmed that TV news channel ANN7 has apologised to former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom for misrepresenting facts about him in one of its broadcasts.

This was the outcome of a Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) panel, which sat on Wednesday to discuss the complaint by Hanekom.

Hanekom lodged a complained to the BCCSA after a guest on one of the TV station’s programme said former President Nelson Mandela had in 1996 called Hanekom an apartheid spy.

In a statement, MultiChoice says the TV station is expected to broadcast an apology directed to Hanekom on Friday and Saturday evening.

The video entertainment service provider says Hanekom has accepted ANN7’s apology.

The BCCSA will issue a formal ruling at a later stage.