Thursday, October 23, 2008


Nhlanhla Nene can be seen tumbling to the ground after his chair collapsed during an appearance on a political show on the SABC2 channel. The camera immediately cut to the presenter, who carried on talking without even registering her guest’s disappearance beneath his desk with a smile. Mr Nene, chairman of the South African parliament’s finance committee, continued with his interview later in the show, which was broadcast on Tuesday morning. But footage of his accident was subsequently leaked via email – apparently by an SABC2 employee – and has become a viral hit in South Africa. It has been posted on websites including YouTube and Facebook, attracting tens of thousands of views and comments. Many commenters appear particularly impressed by the young host Hayde Fitzpatrick’s restraint in keeping a straight face after Mr Nene fell. “It was definitely the interviewer keeping her cool and pretending nothing happened that split me up,” wrote one. “Bloody well done dear.” Interviewed subsequently, Ms Fitzpatrick said she was too worried about her guest to laugh. “I was concerned that Mr Nene could have injured himself ,” she said. SABC has formally apologised to Mr Nene and taken measures to ensure there are no similar incidents, according to reports.

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