SABC apologises for airing 'incorrect version' of Ramaphosa's speech

By Chanice Jennike - 06 September 2019Views : 1189


The SABC has apologised for airing the 'incorrect' version of President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation on Thursday. 

In a clip that has been circulating on social media, the president can be seen reading from a teleprompter while addressing the nation on the violence-against-women protests and xenophobia currently occurring in the country. 

Ramaphosa then stops reading and asks for a re-take after realizing he "made a mistake". 

"Let's start again. I made a mistake," he said.

The clip of the president's re-take left many people upset, accusing the president of not showing any emotion towards the issues at hand. 

SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu released a statement, apologizing for the incident. 

"In a pre-recorded televised message by President Cyril Ramaphosa to the nation this evening, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), inadvertently broadcast an incorrect version of the President's speech on SABC News, while the correct version was played across all SABC radio stations."

"The public broadcaster wishes to apologise to the president of the republic and the nation for any embarrassment caused in this unfortunate breach of the news production process."

"The SABC takes this issue seriously and can assure the president and the public that due process will be followed and appropriate action taken."