Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:23

SABC has suspended three permanent employees and one freelancer following evidence showing that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent speech to the nation was an act of sabotage.

In a statement released,The SABC said the preliminary investigation into the incident has revealed that material for the 6pm broadcast of the President’s pre-recorded address was prepared in good time to ensure a clean transmission however, unauthorised changes were effected without any communication to the desk. Consequently, the programme published and played the rehearsal clip from Ramaphosa’s recorded address to the nation, instead of the final version, according to SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu.

The SABC has received the representations and after due consideration, the corporation has decided to suspend three permanent employees and unscheduled one freelancer. Due process will be followed and the second phase of the investigation into this incident is still under way.

The SABC has since apologised to President Cyril Ramaphosa after the incident and hours after it aired on Thursday evening.