An SABC video tape with newspaper front-page footage claiming Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was a drunk and a thief has mysteriously vanished from the public broadcaster's library.
Three independent sources confirmed on Monday that the tape could not be located in the SABC's electronic system or library.
The tape contains the Sunday Times front page which made reference to the minister's drinking habits, her conviction of theft and dismissal from a Botswana hospital in the mid-70s.
The disappearance of the tape follows a crisis meeting last Wednesday when SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala is said to have ordered that transcripts, tapes and other material on the Tshabalala-Msimang controversy be handed to him.
Independent Newspapers could not confirm what was discussed at the meeting and whether the missing tape had anything to do with the meeting. But Zikalala is said to have ordered staff in the current affairs and news departments, including producers, to submit materials regarding the health minister.