SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has reportedly ordered the broadcaster’s camera operators to be retrained as they “make him look shorter than he really is”.
According to a report by the City Press, Motsoeneng gave the instruction as part of his bid to change how the SABC operates.
Motsoeneng also reportedly ordered that no negative coverage of President Jacob Zuma be shown by the SABC, as Zuma “deserves a certain degree of respect”.
Motsoeneng told the City Press to speak to the SABC’s spokesperson – Kaizer Kganyago – about the allegations.
Kganyago said the report on a ban of negative Zuma coverage was not true, and people were “obsessed with Hlaudi”.
He added that the requested retraining of the camera operators was to ensure visuals given were a true reflection of the person being photographed.
No negative news
Journalists at the SABC told the City press that the news coverage of the broadcaster was “changing completely”.
Municipal and political stories have begun disappearing and the focus has shifted to covering “ceremonies rather than issues”.
The report follows the SABC declaring it will not cover protests in South Africa if there is destruction of property.
The full report is in the City Press of 26 June 2016.