- SABC journalist, Peter Ndoro will be taking a break from his job after another blunder on national TV
- Ndoro announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa had died instead of Zimbabwe's MDC leader
- Many of Ndoro's peers have taken to social media to declare their support for the broadcaster
Veteran SABC broadcast journalist Peter Ndoro will be taking a break from his job after he mistakenly declared on national TV that President Cyril Ramaphosa had died instead of Zimbabwe's MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
His error follows another blunder in January, when he announced that IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, had died instead of Bantustan of Bophuthatswana leader, Lucas Manyane Mangope.
Kaizer Kganyago, spokesperson for the SABC said, while the public broadcaster acknowledged that it was human nature, "we take the matter in a very serious light, as it is not only embarrassing, but could potentially affect those involved negatively".
Briefly.co.za learned the SABC had spoken to Ndoro, who said he was fatigued and needed rest.
"Management has agreed to his request and he will be taking a break from the show. Ndoro has apologised to the president and his apology has been accepted," Kganyago said.
The mistake came after a series of late nights and endless reporting on the fate of former president Jacob Zuma, whose resignation announcement was made at 22:00 last Wednesday evening.
Ndoro's peers and viewers have expressed their support for the reporter, calling on people who have been less understanding to acknowledge that journalists are human and have been under immense pressure with the recent political changes in South Africa.
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