The John Perlman affair yesterday reached the floor of the National Assembly, with the SABC accused of giving its head of news, Snuki Zikalala, a slap on the wrist for censoring information intended for the public while SAfm presenter Perlman was lost to the SABC for telling the truth, writes Wyndham Hartley in Business Day.

Perlman clashed with SABC management for insisting on air that there had been specific instructions to staff that certain commentators were not to be used in programmes. Perlman has since resigned.

SABC CEO Dali Mpofu appointed a commission of inquiry at the time of the allegations headed by former SABC head Zwelakhe Sisulu that confirmed the allegations and called for action.

In Parliament, Deputy Communications Minister Roy Padayachee, in reply to a question from Democratic Alliance MP, Dene Smuts, said that the board had agreed Perlman should be counselled and cautioned that if he again aired internal SABC matters he would face “sterner action”.

Zikalala was given a verbal warning.

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