SABC employees threatened

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said on Sunday it regarded reported threats against senior political reporters as serious.

Sunday newspapers reported that the SABC’s Miranda Strydom and Sophie Mokoena were ”lined up for slaughtering by unknown people”.

Said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago on Sunday: ”These death threats have been reported to the police. We regard them as serious.

”The SABC will continue to monitor this and should anything happen to any employee we will ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.”

Kganyago said the public broadcaster condemned the cowardly acts, even though they sometimes turned out to be a hoaxes.

On March 22, the SABC’s Sotho weather presenter Tshidi Diphoko was attacked and robbed at gunpoint by two foreign nationals at her flat in Braamfontein.

The Sunday World newspaper claimed it received an email saying Diphoko was not the intended victim.

The email read in part: ”Sorry to Tshidi we mistaken her to Sophie Mokoena and Miranda Strydom [whom] we gonna kill.”

Both reporters referred questions to the SABC. – Sapa

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