The Broadcasting, Electronic Media, and Allied Workers Union says that the SABC has instructed its editors to stop carrying reports that call for President Jacob Zuma to resign, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
The Union says that SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, sent out the instruction, although Motsoeneng denied censorship.
“I spoke to senior editors about broader issues about how some people are lazy . . . I spoke about getting other angles on stories so that they remain fresh and interesting,” said Motsoeneng.
“I said let’s make sure we get the president to comment and change the angle. We can’t be playing the same story with the same angle the entire week.”
Union president Hannes du Buisson said members regard this as “a worst form of manipulation of news and a serious attempt to silence the critics of the president”.
This development comes after the SABC allegedly banned reports of Jacob uma being booed by crowds at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service – SABC banned Zuma boos: report.