Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird previously spoke to Newzroom about Duarte and Mbalula’s conduct around Magopeni and the SABC.

“If they had a legitimate concern, the easy thing to do would be to go and report that at the time of the elections,” he said.

“To come now, and to do it in a public forum, and to go then specifically and approach the head of news and attack her … that looks like something a lot closer to interference and intimidation.”

“That kind of thing from the ANC is completely unacceptable,” he added.

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