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‘SABC shenanigans mean free and fair elections will not be possible’: Lekota

The consequence of the “shenanigans” at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is that “free and fair elections will not be possible on 3 August”.

Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota said his party “is not shocked” by revelations that made by former acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews that he was party to a decision to limit airtime devoted to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Lekota said Matthews “partly confessed and revealed what is happening in the SABC editorial room‚ where he‚ [COO] Hlaudi Motsoeneng and some senior members of the ruling party decided in 2013/14 not to give Julius Malema and his EFF party coverage on SABC TV”.

He said a “similar plot was hatched against [Cope] in both the 2009 and 2014 elections”.

“There has always been a plot to weaken and destroy Cope and Julius Malema admitted in 2014 that‚ when he was still a senior member in the African National Congress National Working Committee‚ he was part of a clandestine committee whose sole objective was to execute the demise of Cope”.

“Cope strongly believes that with these latest revelations and the current deliberately engineered political chaos at the SABC‚ free and fair elections will not be possible on 3 August 2016‚” said Lekota.

“This is already evident with the one-sided reporting by the SABC on the election campaigns of political parties.”

Lekota is expected to outline his “position on the shenanigans and reign of terror at the SABC” later on Monday.