The SABC has canned an episode of Special Assignment looking at the state of political satire in the country, writes Angelique Serrao in The Star.

The show was due to be broadcast on SABC3 at 8.30pm on Tuesday night, but the public broadcaster on Tuesday afternoon decided to cancel the show and instead flight a repeat of Dik Getik, a documentary on drug abuse in the Western Cape.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said they had pulled the show because their internal legal team were worried about "certain things" in the show.

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"We took this to our legal team, and because of the public holiday, they only decided today that there were things that needed to be verified before we air," Kganyago said.

He said he did not yet know if the show would be canned completely, aired at a later date or be changed in any way.

In a press release sent out last week, the SABC said the show would be about "how South Africans talk about their politicians".

"Is a slow, chilling effect taking hold of political humour in South Africa? Is political correctness leading to an erosion of free speech? What risks do political satirists run by ridiculing powerful figures?" the press release read.

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