11 December 2013

SABC RESPONSE TO CITY PRESS ARTICLE (ONLINE PUBLICATION)-NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL SERVICE BROADCAST

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) rejects all the allegations made by City Press and regard them as irrelevant and unsubstantiated. Today’s online publication is regrettable and carries no substantial information. SABC has allocated most of its resources to cover the Madiba story as a top story with a great worldwide interest. As a Public Service Broadcaster and an official broadcaster for the Madiba funeral and all related events we will not be derailed from doing so by the side stories that emerge. The Madiba story remains incontestably a top story all over the world. The millions of South Africans and people all over the world including the media expected us to show the memorial service of Madiba as it is, and the SABC heeded to this call and showed the ‘booing’ or the said incident as we carried a live broadcast.

It is the prerogative of the SABC to decide to use its discretion in line with its editorial codes and what it deems as a top story for the day. The memorial of Madiba and how his life was celebrated with various people around the world sharing their moments and experiences with Madiba remains important to the world and not the incident you are referring to. It is also imperative to note that is it is not true to insinuate that at the time of the said ‘booing’ of President Jacob Zuma, the SABC switched off the screen at the stadium and showed Nelson Mandela’s picture for 30 minutes. The fact is the SABC does not control or own any monitor/screen at the venue that the memorial service was held. On the contrary to your publication’s insinuations, the international media organizations that had access to SABC material complimented the quality of the coverage with some describing it as exiting, colourful and excellent.

Lastly, the SABC cannot be dictated by other broadcasters on what the lead story for the day should be.

Kind Regards, Kaizer Kganyago SABC Spokesperson

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