EFF lashes out at ‘Fascist ANC’ over call for more SABC coverage

EFF lashes out at ‘Fascist ANC’ over call for more SABC coverage

- EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the ANC’s call for 60% coverage on the SABC compared to other parties is absurd and shows a fascist attitude

- Ndlozi was speaking at the SABC’s inquiry into editorial interference

- The inquiry is being headed by Joe Thloloe and has already heard the former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng instructed the public broadcaster to censor the EFF and in particular its leader Julius Malema

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has lashed out at the African National Congress (ANC) after the ruling party suggested that it should receive 60% coverage on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) due to its being the largest party in Parliament.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the call by the ANC was not only absurd but showed a fascist attitude by the ruling party and proved that the party had an overblown sense of importance and an attitude of entitlement.

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The ANC’s former national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told the inquiry last week that the ruling party deserved at least 60% of the airtime on the SABC because it had a 62% majority in Parliament.

Ndlozi added that the news should not and could not be handled like advertising and that news could not be based on whether a certain party has 65%, 25% or 1% representation in Parliament.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Ndlozi was speaking at the SABC’s inquiry into editorial interference which is being headed by Joe Thloloe. The inquiry was established to ascertain whether there is any truth behind allegations that external parties, most notably the ANC, exercised undue influence over editorial decisions at the public broadcaster.

The ANC’s former national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told the inquiry last week that the ruling party deserved at least 60% of the airtime on the SABC because it had a 62% majority in Parliament.

Thloloe told dailymaverick.co.za that the inquiry aimed to establish whether the SABC’s decision-making processes were truly independent or whether there had been undue external influence over that process.

Thloloe said the inquiry was searching for evidence to prove or disprove that the ANC had been involved behind the scenes at the SABC.

The inquiry has already heard that the SABC’s former news boss Jimmy Matthews who admitted that the SABC’s former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng instructed the public broadcaster to censor the EFF and in particular its leader Julius Malema.

Matthews admitted to what amount to a ban of the EFF during an interview. He added that while he was part of the decision to censor the EFF he was mostly acting on the instructions of Motsoeneng.

Ndlozi told Thloloe that despite the statement from Matthews, he doubted that there would be any evidence of the incident in the form of written or recorded instructions. He added that this lack of evidence despite confessions being available was one reason why he felt the inquiry was doomed to fail.

Ndlozi asked Thloloe to invite Matthews to the inquiry to give testimony.

Ndlozi finished by praising the SABC’s improved coverage of the 2016 local government elections and said its general standard of news reporting had vastly improved since 2014.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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