Today's Big Stories

Lobby group disturbed by reported Zuma TV deal at "cash-strapped" SABC

The Save Our SABC (SOS) Coalition says that weekend reports on the public broadcaster's alleged television deal with President Jacob Zuma's daughter are only the tip of the iceberg.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng allegedly overruled his staff approving a R167 million contract with a production company co-owned Gugu Zuma-Ncube, according to the Sunday Times newspaper.

SOS co-ordinator Kate Skinner says there are also investigative reports that the SABC will be seeking out a R1.5 billion bail out from commercial banks.

That is a very serious amount of money, and we have been here before. In 2009, it was the same story.

Kate Skinner, SOS Coalition co-ordinator

Skinner says that the reported TV deal for popular telenovela Uzalo is an indication of how management continues to flout procedure.

She says it would make more financial sense for the SABC to use the R167 million to commission multiple programming projects.

There's this really scary financial situation that the SABC seems to be facing, and we have to double check this.

Kate Skinner, SOS Coalition co-ordinator

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

While Uzalo co-creator Pepsi Pokane was not available for the interview with Kieno Kammies, he did speak with 702 presenter John Robbie.

Listen to the conversation below:

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