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Zikalala's pro-Cope bias obvious

By unknown | Mar 03, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

For as long as Snuki Zikalala is the SABC's managing director of news, the public broadcaster's news will continue to be subjective.

Zikalala thrives on controversy and serves his political masters, though it appears that he is at odds with the new ANC leadership because of his supposed support for former president Thabo Mbeki.

Not so long ago, the SABC announced that airtime will be given to political parties according to their seats in Parliament. But the public broadcaster has failed to keep its word and did the exact opposite. No surprises there.

For instance, Cope has no single seat in Parliament yet enjoys more coverage than the official opposition and the small parties.

It is apparent that the SABC favours Cope. Interestingly, the ANC has in the past complained about the same thing. That's the reason why the ruling party is not happy with Zikalala's leadership.

Azapo's disruption of the SABC's elections debate programme last Sunday may not be justified, but some form of action needed to be taken to send a strong message against the SABC's unfair practice.

It is clear that the SABC is being used for political ends, and that is not about to end now. Are they following in the footsteps of the Nationalist Party?

The pertinent question is: where does that leave the public? Nowhere.

Thabile Mange, Kagiso


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