An SABC executive tried her hand at stand-up comedy at a media briefing held by the limping public broadcaster a few weeks ago and she succeeded in making things a little awkward for the folks at Auckland Park. Executive for sports Renee Williams faced the media just days after the SABC had failed to broadcast Bafana Bafana’s 6-0 thumping of Seychelles in a home Africa Nations Cup qualifier and she told the gallery that perhaps coach Stuart Baxter’s charges won the game because it was not carried on the public broadcaster’s platforms. Some members of the audience thought she was a riot and her wisecrack had them rolling in the aisles. Unfortunately the joke is on millions of South Africans who do not have access to pay-TV as Bafana’s home matches have not been broadcast by the cash-strapped SABC since Williams’s turn at the microphone. The two organisations do not have a broadcast-rights contract at the moment and attempts to reach a new deal have hit a dead end as the SABC owes the...

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