ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe was the second politician to take the hot seat at news channel eNCA on Tuesday night after the EFF’s Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s stint on Monday night.
Like Ndlozi, he used the first part of his time on the half-hour slot, As It Happens, to discuss a few points that were important to the ANC, such as the Gaza-Israel conflict and ANC governance issues.
However, unlike Ndlozi, Mabe did not look nearly as comfortable and self-assured, and for some reason kept looking askance at his teleprompter, leaving one to wonder if some mischievous person in the studio had moved his teleprompter to the wrong place.
It left the strange impression that Mabe wasn’t talking to the TV audience as intended, but rather to some unrevealed person in the studio.
Take a look below:
People on Twitter also noticed.
Which camera was he focused on from the beginning?#AsItHappens
— Teddyshow (@4Teddyshow) May 15, 2018
Nah,let me go to bed….Pule sounds like a Scorpion Legal ad #asithappens
— Phumzile Maldaka (@Maldaka) May 15, 2018
There were other little mishaps, such as a slightly confused Mabe saying: “Welcome back,” right as the channel went to an ad break. Some people thought this was evidence of a conspiracy that the show wasn’t “Live”, as advertised.
— Siyabonga Sesant (@4everSiya) May 15, 2018
LOL shame man this is not easy at all. I can tell Mr Mabe is distracted by the information being fed to him via the earpiece. #AsItHappens
— leratokganyago (@leratokganyago) May 15, 2018
All of this, of course, is perfectly forgivable, but does give you an appreciation for professional news anchors who actually know what they’re doing.
Mabe should probably stick to his day job.
— Naledi's Dad (@monde_mangala) May 15, 2018
Following the ad break, Mabe interviewed Mahlatse Mahlase, the SA National Editors’ Forum chairperson, where the topics were fake news and the upholding of standards in the newsroom.
— LeratoMonethi-Motaung WaHlalele (@MonethiLerato) May 15, 2018
In an obvious reference to Mabe’s own recent unhappiness at an “inaccurate” headline in a weekly newspaper that ran an exposé about him, Mabe asked Mahlatse why editors published headlines that were radically different to the facts in an article.
Mahlatse said such actions were against the Press Code, and people could complain about it to the ombudsman. They could then get apologies and retractions in the event that the conduct was not in line with the code.
Mabe became increasingly assured as the segment continued. By the end of the show, in the final segment when people called in, he was fortunately looking at the camera throughout.
Take a look at some of the Twitter reaction below:
— African National Congress (@MYANC) May 15, 2018
— Khanyisile (@ke_Khanyi) May 15, 2018
— Lucky Evans Chairman (@LuckyEvansCeo) May 15, 2018
Quite frankly @pulemabe Mabe has chosen a very good and interesting topic. Very informative as a practicing Journalist and his guest @hlatseentle is providing clarity. #AsItHappens pic.twitter.com/OjJERLJfQE
— Samkele Maseko (@samkelemaseko) May 15, 2018
— Macdonald (@macdonaldmtilen) May 15, 2018
This #asithappens proves that Live TV isn’t a walk in the park.
— Akile4MissSA18 (@TheBeau_TZN) May 15, 2018