The SABC has rejected claims by the Congress of the People that it had sabotaged the broadcast of the party's final rally, according to a report on

"The SABC strongly rejects the notion that the Congress of the People's Polokwane rally on Sunday was not covered," said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago in a statement on Monday.

"SABC News further rejects insinuations that this alleged blackout would have been influenced by political motives."

Earlier, COPE's communications chief Phillip Dexter accused the SABC of sabotage and "blatant bias" in connection with coverage of the party's final election rally in Polokwane.

"The SABC has been blatantly biased and used such obvious techniques to firstly change the time of speeches by COPE leaders," Dexter said.

"Then when COPE obliged and shifted the times of these speeches in accordance with the SABC's wishes the public broadcaster then claimed to have suffered a technical hitch and as a result zero coverage of the COPE rally was aired Sunday night," he said.

Kganyago said the COPE rally was covered from 2pm on SABC. "There were technical glitches during the coverage which prompted our crew to resort to back-up measures such as using a single camera.

"For some time, viewers could only get the audio while our technicians were busy fixing the error."

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