Saturday, April 21, 2012

SABC Television News makes an on-air apology for mistakes SABC News made in broadcasting a gang-rape story on Thursday evening.

The SABC's Television News has apologised on-air for its reporting about the story of an alleged gang-rape by 7 men of a mentally challenged Soweto teenager - saying that the public broadcaster made mistakes in the way the story was shown on television on Thursday evening.

"SABC Televison News acknowledges that it erred in the manner in which it covered the appearance of the 7 accused in our story yesterday. Our story was in breach of SABC editorial policy," news anchor Vabakshnee Chetty said on Friday night on the News @ 7 on SABC3.

"As a public broadcaster we have a responsibility to protect the dignity and identity of both victims and suspects - especially minors and other vulnerable members of society."