The crisis around the SABC, its politically motivated decisions and its Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has become so acute it has forced people like Trade Union Solidarity into the same camp as the SACP, a moment of reconciliation that even Nelson Mandela could not have imagined. But on Wednesday, a man who has appeared to be unbendable, unscientific and untouchable, showed that he was not unbreakable. The SABC first acceded to a settlement with the Helen Suzman Foundation, and then formally told Icasa that it would comply with its order to rescind its ban on the broadcast of images of violent and destructive protests. There are still many questions. But this saga, which is likely to be repeated, has also told us much about our politics, about how some people are protected, some people are not, and some are prepared to fight for their rights. By STEPHEN GROOTES.