Mabe warned over SABC journalists intimidation

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has warned the newly appointed spokesperson of the African National Congress (ANC), Pule Mabe, to stop infringing in the business of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC).

This comes after Mabe blamed the broadcaster for making a coverage on a dissident group claiming to be ANC and SA Communist Party (SACP) members on Sunday.

The group, some in ANC regalia, told reporters at a press conference that it had planned a March to the Union Buildings on Monday to remove President Jacob Zuma from the throne.

This did not sit well with the ANC spokesperson who highly criticized the broadcaster for entertaining the conference, saying “the people covered have no mandate to talk and are not in formal ANC structures.”

Sam Mkokeli, Sanef media freedom sub-committee chairperson, said Mabe has no right to detect what should and should not be broadcasted by the SABC.

According to Mkokeli, “the SABC must be allowed to exercise its editorial independence to cover the stories it deems fit, including of dissident ANC and SACP members.”

Mkokeli further urged Mabe and the ANC to concentrate in their business, and give SABC the right to choose the stories it wishes to broadcast and its right to report without fear or favour.

Photo Credit- South Africa Today


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