eNCA anchor Sally Burdett has found herself at the receiving end of criticism for the way she seemingly interrogated spokesperson of Bob Mabena’s family Winson Maimane about the veteran broadcaster’s cause of death.
Mabena’s untimely passing was confirmed by Power FM chairman Given Mkhari on Monday afternoon. Mkhari revealed that Mabena had been admitted to hospital for unknown reasons, on Saturday 8 August 2020 and was discharged two days later.
However, on his way home, he felt a pain in an area of concern and was rushed back to the hospital’s intensive care unit where he shockingly lost his life.
The official cause of his death is unknown at this stage and people have allowed the Mabena family space and time to heal.
Sally Burdett draws ire for probing Mabena’s cause of death
Sally Burdett, a news anchor with years of experience notched under her belt, got an opportunity to receive a statement from the Mabena family’s spokesperson.
For the most part, the interview which aired on eNCA went well. However, Burdett couldn’t skirt past the issue of Mabena’s passing and what exactly caused it.
Failing to realise her insensitivity, Burdett probed Maimane on whether the broadcaster died of complications related to the coronavirus (Covid-19).
“He (Mabena) got his Covid-19 results on Monday and they came back confirming that he was definitely negative,” was Mamaime’s response.
Unsatisfied with the response, Burdett kept her questioning around Mabena’s health, trying to close the family spokesperson on a possible link to the late Power FM radio host’s death.
Maimane managed his composure and failed to provide the news anchor with information not greenlit by the Mabena family.
You can watch the clip that’s gone viral below:
Social media comes for eNCA anchor
The cringe interview snippet made its rounds and drew ire from social media users who lambasted eNCA for posting the clip.
Veteran actress Rami Chuene is one of many people who have called on eNCA to remove the clip.
eNCA has yet to address the situation.