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Zapiro’s Appearance on Interface Cancelled By the SABC Due to a “Lack of Balance”

But Will It Stand Up in Court?Jonathan “Zapiro” Shapiro’s recent scheduled appearance on SABC’s current affairs show Interface will not be seen as the pre-recorded interview was pulled by the public broadcaster.

The SABC has cancelled other talk shows across platforms in recent weeks, citing reasons that include a new policy of centralising control of talk shows across all its radio stations, and a need for “balance” on televison talk shows such as the one Zapiro appeared in.

City Press and Michael Mpofu from IOL News reported on the cancellation:

The SABC has canned a television interview with cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, according to a report.

Zapiro said the pre-recorded show was not aired following “orders from above”, The Times newspaper reported today.

An SABC interview with celebrated cartoonist Zapiro was pulled because it was not “fair and balanced”, says acting SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, adding “there will be consequences” for employees who repeat the mistake.

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