SABC News was too scared to broadcast my response

July 30, 2009 § 3 Comments

Many years ago when I lived in Cape Town I dabbled as a comedian. Don’t laugh, I’m not trying to be funny. I’m serious. To cut a long narrative short, Comedian Desmond Dube had a show on SABC 2. I forget what it was called, but I know that it was very popular. He created some controversy this one time (not at band camp) when he said in one of his sketches, “Shangaans are very ugly. In fact they’re so ugly it’s better to be a baboon than to be Shangaan.” I’m sure it was taken out of context too, but that is the phrase that was paraded around.

A storm broke out when a parliamentarian was so incensed that she raised the issue in parliament. Her angry speech made it on to the news. For reasons beyond my comprehension I got a call from SABC news, they wanted my opinion on the matter they said. I told them there were better comedians than me to comment on the matter. “Yes we tried them, but they’re not available,” came the reply from the line. Then I said, “Sure, come over.”

They went to my office and I was made to pretend I was tying something on my laptop, you know that shot they like. There’s another shot they like, they’ll ask you to walk towards your office while they shoot.

Two days later than they said they’d arrive, they finally arrived with their cameras (mind you, it was only my third day in my new job). The producer asked, “So what do you make of what Desmond Dube said the other day? And what do you make of the parliamentarian’s reaction?” I said, “Well, I know Desmond. He certainly didn’t mean what he said. There is no doubt in my mind about that. I mean how could he mean it? Just take a look at Desmond. He could be Shangaan.” The SABC was too chicken to broadcast that part of the interview. 🙂

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