Peter Ndoro not fired: SABC

Peter Ndoro: SABC
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JOHANNESBURG – The South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) says that news anchor Peter Ndoro has not been dismissed by the public broadcaster.

Bit of drama here: Lindi Sisulu says she has a message that @peterndoro has lost his job but he has just been put on rest. @ChrisMaroleng please can you assure Min Sisulu she has got it wrong!!

@SABCTVNews would like to reiterate that @peterndoro has not been fired. He has been allowed some time to rest at his own request. We look forward to seeing him on our screens soon.

Last week, Ndoro erroneously said during a bulletin that President Cyril Ramaphosa had died, instead of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

It was Ndoro’s second identical error this year after he mistakenly said that IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi had died.

He was instead referring to former Bophuthatswana president and United Christian Democratic Party founder, Lucas Mangope.

The SABC last week announced that Ndoro would be taking a break from the show because he is fatigued and needed some time to rest.

Ndoro has subsequently apologised to Ramaphosa.

However, during the debate of the State of the Nation Address on Monday, Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu said that Ndoro had been dismissed by the SABC for the error.

“We have learnt with regret that Peter Ndoro has lost his job,” Sisulu said.

“Mr. President we ask you to stand up and assure the country that he has not killed you, you are alive and that you have forgiven Peter Ndoro because he is an outstanding representative of this country.”

The SABC denied that Ndoro had been fired nor suspended, said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

He referred eNCA to the statement they issued last week that Ndoro had taken time off.

“I don’t know what she is basing it on, we issued a statement on Friday and our statement was clear,” Kganyago said.