Monday, 3 June 2013


‘People of the South’ presenter Dali Tambo on Monday defended his interview with Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe after it was called a "public relations exercise" by a CapeTalk567 radio presenter.

"What do you mean a PR exercise? What you wanted me to do was to say to him, 'you're lying, Robert Mugabe you're a liar. That's not true, how dare you say that? You're a bloody liar'," Tambo shouted.

This was in response to CapeTalk567 presenter Kieno Kammies saying he had been disappointed by the interview broadcast on SABC3 on Sunday night.

"Is that what you think an interview is?" Tambo continued.

Kammies said his view was in the light of events in that country in the past 10 to 12 years, which included "land grabs", human rights violations, and political violations.

In an audio clip of the interview posted on Kammies's Twitter profile, Tambo says: "Listen, the first thing to understand about 'People of the South': we are not Hard Talk [a BBC interview show].

"I get weary of saying this. If you've watched any of the shows you will know that we are 'people' of the south, not 'politics' of the south. We deal in people. And whether that person is an artist or a politician, I deal partly with what they do in their work, and partly with who they are, okay."

That format did not change for Mugabe.

"If you start the interview hating him, and you go in there with a closed mind, that's your problem. I present the man as he actually is, and you must take what you want from it. Those are his answers to my questions. I covered pretty much every part of [the] guy's life, the bad and the good."

Tambo, the son of anti-apartheid leaders Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, said that before his interview: "You had never heard a word the guy said in consecutive conversation before."

When Kammies asked why he had not asked a question about recent human rights reports, Tambo said: "Why would I, when I have got 48 minutes to do the life of an 89-year-old man, raise the human rights report that you are talking about?

"Why is that central to 89 years of a man's life? A recent human rights report? There have been many human rights reports... How many human rights reports do you think there are on Great Britain, on the US, on all kinds of great countries?"

He had his own interview style, he continued.

"If you want to go and interview Robert Mugabe about the human rights report, that's your prerogative. I covered a lot of things. Don't obsess on what you want me to obsess on, because it's my interview, you understand."

He had to reduce over two hours of footage to 48 minutes for the show. It previously featured Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

"Please understand, I am not a politician. I am not there to do the trial of Robert Mugabe, as much as you would like me to do."

He said he had received compliments after the show, even from people who "despise" Mugabe.

The interview ended with Kammies saying he could not continue with Tambo shouting over him.



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Dali vakasakura ukazudza pako ukagonesesa they have no right yekukuisa pakangaroo court. The CapeTalk 567 whatever are free to come and open some of the underground darkest closets that they think Dali left unopened.

Fair response from Tambo.

This Tambo guy is one those privileged Africans born with a silver spoon in their mouths who think that blacks should not complain when they are being oppressed by a fellow blacks.See the way he belittles human rights issues?

Even at home it's still a politburo meeting, dad sitting alone and addressing ........

I think Tambo responded appropriately to Kammies.The problem here is that Kammies has his own agenda,questions and his own answers already.All he wanted was to say to Mugabe.True,the program is not BBC Hardtalk,were the the interviewer argues with the interviewee.This People of the South will go like "Tell us about your children and life" what do you enjoy eating.and so on and so forth.Kammies wanted questions like "Mr Mugabe i put it to that 3/4 of your people are dying of starvation due to your policies can you deny or confirm"
Mr Mugabe in a recent research contacted buy the research organization it found that violence is still taking place and your police are not doing anything about it WHY"But the program is not like that,it is more relaxed and friendly.Truly if Kammies wanted to interview Mugabe on the issues he has stated he could have made his own appointment wit the president and grilled him.How can he come and lecture someone in his own area,sill man!!!

Well done Tambo you did a good job. Kammies is obviously a stupid white racist he should go and interview Botha on human rights Mugabe is a people's man a revolutionary leader par excellency national leader!

Who at your home, used to sit at the head of the table. That place belongs to the head of the house no matter how progressive or equal the family is. Mum sits next to dad like Grace if the table is not full. If it's a full table, mum sits at the other end of the table. Even in Zim growing up, this was the case at our home when proper dinner was served in the dining room. In the kitchen was a free for all, no rules who sits at what end...obviously this became the prefered meal place!

he did not bellitle the human rights issue. i think he was right that as an old man it is unfair for him to focus only on the "recent" record, what about the Smith era record

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