Kaunda Selisho

By Kaunda Selisho


SANEF dismisses SABC8 Bosasa allegations

After going through the almost 400 donations they received in 2016, the NPO has not found any links to the company whatsoever.

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has hit back against claims that Bosasa donated to the SABC8.

The SABC8 refers to past and present emp0loyees of the SABC such as Suna Venter, Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay, Thandeka Gqubule, Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Vuyo Mvoko, and Jacques Steenkamp who had an employment dispute with the public broadcaster after they had defied their then COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s instruction to not show violent service delivery protests on any of the platforms of the public broadcaster.

A recent Times Live report claimed that a senior Bosasa official instructed his colleagues to donate R100,000 to the crowdfunding effort to help the group of journalists in 2016.

The publication further claimed to have seen a leaked email in which the donation is described as “the best return on investment ever” but added they were not able to trace the funds back to Bosasa despite consulting to sources close to the story.

The SABC8 have collectively denied these claims, stating: “We do not know who the donors were in the crowdfunding initiative, some identified themselves and some remained anonymous.”

They went on to add that “it is interesting to note that the same Bosasa that apparently funded us is the same one that paid the legal costs for Hlaudi Motsoeneng, against whom we fought to save a public asset from further capture”.

“We remain steadfast and committed and we will not be swayed by the purveyors of fake news and lies,” concluded the SABC8.

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