[Debate] (Fwd) Zapiro doccie axed by Special Assignment again
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Tue May 26 21:36:23 BST 2009
SABC pull a stop on banned Zapiro show
May 26 2009 at 09:12PM
The SABC has cancelled, for the second time, the broadcast of a
documentary on political satire which was due to air on Tuesday evening.
The show was previously canned just before the elections last month and
was due to be broadcast on Tuesday evening.
"Tonight's episode of Special Assignment will not be aired owing to the
fact that due process with regards to consultation has not been
concluded," said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago in a statement issued
just over an hour before the show was due to be aired.
"Because of the problems encountered previously with this particular
episode, the Acting GCEO Mr Gab Mampone in his capacity as
Editor-in-Chief will need to make the final sign-off."
Kganyago said the SABC apologised to the public for any inconvenience.
The show includes material by cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, known as
Zapiro, who is being sued by President Jacob Zuma for a cartoon
portraying him about to rape "Lady Justice".
This cartoon was published when Zuma was still embroiled in court bids
to have graft charges dropped against him.
The documentary also features material from the Z-News satire which was
produced by Zapiro and shows Zuma trying to flee from the National
Prosecuting Authority and axed president Thabo Mbeki in drag, singing "I
The Zapiro documentary was pulled from the Special Assignment show just
before general elections in April.
The version that was to air on Tuesday on SABC at 8.30pm had apparently
been updated and included an interview with Zapiro about his decision to
detach the notorious shower head from Zuma's head in his cartoons. - Sapa
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