SABC cans spe­cial episode – again

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED CON­TRO­VER­SIAL CAR­TOON­IST Zapiro slammed the SABC for canning the Spe­cial As­sign­ment edi­tion on po­lit­i­cal satire at the 11th hour for the sec­ond time. The doc­u­men­tary is said to fea­ture ANC leaders and ex­am­ines the evo­lu­tion of po­lit­i­cal satire in SA. In­cluded in the spoof is Zuma’s law­suit against the Sun­day Times and Zapiro for pub­lish­ing car­toons about Zuma. THE CI­TI­ZEN said SA’s “rud­der­less” pub­lic broad­caster was floun­der­ing as it sought to fol­low new mas­ters. It said the SABC was fail­ing in its du­ties and be­com­ing a joke. The Times said the sup­pres­sion of satire by the SABC and Zuma was con­trary to SA’s Con­sti­tu­tion. It said without the right to satirise the pow­er­ful we will live in a faux democ­racy.

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