- Broadcaster eNCA has denounced claims of racism made against their reporter Lindsay Dentlinger
- eNCA stated that they had met with Dentlinger following the uproar on social media after she asked black politicians to wear their masks
- The clips of Dentlinger show her interviewing white politicians without their masks without her asking them to comply with Covid-19 protocols
Social media users have been boiling with anger after the 2021 budget speech. This is a result of a video showing an eNCA reporter asking black politicians to keep their masks on while interviewing others without their masks.
South Africans identified the reporter as Lindsay Dentlinger. Now, eNCA management has concluded that her conduct was 'not racially motivated or with malicious intent'. The management reportedly met with Dentlinger about the videos.
eNCA noted that the reporter has been with them for nine years and referred to Dentlinger as a 'seasoned journalist with over 21 years of experience'.
According to a report by IOL, Managing Director of eNCA Norman Munzhelele stated that they carefully analysed the situation and understood the given pressure of the live TV environment, adding that 'unplanned occurrences' can happen.
SABC reported that Dentlinger had asked UDM Chief Whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa to keep his mask on while other clips showed her interviewing Freedom Front Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald, and the DA’s John Steenhuisen without their masks.
Take a look at one of the clips, which gained over 114k views, below:
Below are just a few of the responses the video received:
"So eNCA is showing its racial bias face against black leaders, but white people talk without masks and they don't say anything."
"I'm shocked to see the majority of us blacks shocked seeing this because this thing has been happening since eNCA has been established. Today we act like we don't know eNCA is a racist channel, what happened to Clicks must also happen to eNCA, we can't just fold our hands."
"I have retweeted. This should be retweeted until she is called into account and answer why do African natives must keep their masks on and not Europeans? She is clearly racist and cannot hold such a position on a news broadcast. Let not let this slide."
"What the hell, is this why at eNCA only black people who have to show the Covid protocol."
"How do I remove @eNCA from my decoder?"
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the EFF were furious with the Western Cape police and the City of Cape Town for their handling of the beach protests which took place at Muizenberg Beach. Hundreds of protestors descended on Muizenberg Beach in defiance of the lockdown regulations which have made beaches off-limits during the lockdown.
The EFF wants the officers who were present to be suspended in a statement released on Twitter. The political party accused the police of bias, saying that if they could use water cannons against pensioners protesting Bellville, they wanted to know why the same measures were not used against the protestors at the beach.
The EFF accused the police of racism and of treating the white protesters differently. Additionally, the EFF called for the City of Cape Town to also be held accountable for the situation.
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