As a result of a promise by Zikalala that he would testify before the TRC to rebut these allegations, Max du Preez does not broadcast Mnqibisa’s testimony. Zikalala, clearly at the behest of factions within the ANC starts broadcasting blatantly false allegations which seek to implicate businessman Saki Macozoma in criminal dealings and without contacting Macozoma for his side of the story.
Macozoma takes the matter to the BCCSA which finds in his favour and orders the SABC to broadcast an apology and correction.
In other words, we propose a broadcast service committed to providing full and accurate information to all South Africans, and one which is protected from interference by any special interests – be they political, economic or cultural. We cannot afford to wait for the achievement of democracy to change the SABC.
As the major information source, the SABC in its current form misuses its position to skew public perceptions.
However, contrary to this evidence which has been supplied to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, the SABC now claims that he was always open about the fact that he had never passed matric.
He also filled in a form in which he listed five matric subjects that he claimed to have done in 1991 in fulfilment of the requirements for a matric pass.
Hlaudi Motsoeneng, currently (2013) acting Chief Operating Officer of the SABC, its second most powerful executive earning R2.2-million annually, joins the SABC in Bloemfontein.
He provides the SABC with a form which stated that he had done his matric in 1991 at Metsi Matsho High School.
Maepe, a communications engineer with decades of experience and a reputation for impeccable integrity who questioned various dubious aspects of the Cell C bid.
Initially it made all the right noises and committed itself to creating a new, neutral and objective public broadcaster which would finally cast of the shackles of its restrictive apartheid past.
It quickly became clear however that the ANC’s unstated intention was to suborn the SABC by making it not the public broadcaster of integrity that we were promised in 1994 but a Stalinist instrument of control, a means of covering up party corruption through a policy of censorship by omission, a means of undermining opposition parties, silencing dissenting voices and a means of fighting internecine battles.
A report in the on 5 May said that his appointment had stunned many as Mbatha had trounced favourites who had applied, like SABC programme director Mandla Langa, Sisulu's deputy Govin Reddy and well known academic Professor Njabulo Ndebele. This is covered in depth in a subsequent book by Du Preez, The South African Telecommunications Authority (SATRA) issues a press release accusing Zikalala of blatantly false reporting.
Zikalala, clearly at the behest of the ANC, has been broadcasting allegations that Nape Maepe, chairman of SATRA, was guilty of corruption.