The ANC wanted to reward Saudi interests who had donated m to it to help it prepare financially for the 1994 election by giving the Saudi-backed Cell C consortium the lucrative third cellular phone licence.
Maepe, a communications engineer with decades of experience and a reputation for impeccable integrity who questioned various dubious aspects of the Cell C bid.
The BCCSA finds against Zikalala but Maepe is driven out of SATRA and Cell C gets the licence.
“The last straw for the DP was a lengthy insert in the 8pm bulletin on SABC3 on Sunday, September 19, 1999 reviewing the ANC's performance since June in the first 100 days of the new Government.” Zikalala responds by saying that the SABC “would never become the voice of government”.
Krisjan Lemmer, the satirical columnist at the Mail & Guardian alleges that Zikalala has set up a rival travel agency within SABC and is attacking the existing agency in the hopes of closing it down and diverting the SABC’s travel business to his own agency.
However, he never actually produces the certificate, despite repeated requests from the then HR officer, Ms Marie Swanepoel and two other staff members, Helena Botes and Paul Tati.
Motsoeneng’s alleged response was that he was still searching for the certificate.
And we want to establish both the principle and practice of that independence now.
The ANC is committed to public broadcasting which is independent of the government of the day, and which owes its loyalty not to any party, but to the population as a whole.
The result is that during this crucial transition period we have a public subjected to misinformation and disinformation because of narrow party political manipulation.
If the SABC is to play a constructive role ahead of our country’s first experience with democracy, informing the electorate rather than attempting to persuade them to vote for a particular political party, it is necessary to replace those who currently control the SABC with others who are committed to democracy and to an electorate empowered by accurate and impartial information.
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.
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