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sabcBL Premium reports that war has erupted between President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office and the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) over the alleged targeting of the national broadcaster’s executive through a security vetting process by the State Security Agency (SSA).

Presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya has denied that executives of the SABC, including CEO Nomsa Chabeli and head of news, Moshoeshoe Monare, were being targeted ahead of the general election. Monare was appointed into his position at the national broadcaster two years ago. He was requested by the SSA on 18 April to be vetted again and undergo a top security test, including the taking of a polygraph test. The call occurred after Ramaphosa was heard in a leaked meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting in April bemoaning alleged negative media reports regarding the governing party ahead of the 29 May polls. Magwenya told a media briefing on Monday: “The SABC made the request to the SSA to conduct a vetting process on Monare, as per the established practice with all SABC executives … Upon his appointment, Monare consented to the vetting process, completed the form that was furnished to him, and went further to submit some but not all of the required information. The process was then stalled when Monare did not want to submit himself to a polygraph test, which is part of the vetting process. Consequently, the vetting of Monare was never completed.” In an interview with the SABC shortly after the presidency’s media briefing, Monare questioned why he was requested to undergo a polygraph test by the SSA two years after his appointment while none of the other SABC executives were required to do the same.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thando Maeko at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)
  • Lees ook, Ramaphosa se ‘invloed’ by SAUK bevraagteken, by Maroela Media

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