Standing in solidarity with journalists at South African Broadcasting Corporation who were suspended, the Democratic Alliance party charged that SABC’s politically motivated assault must cease.
The opposition party said South Africans must put a stop to SABC’s politically motivated assault.
According to the party, it is now obvious that the ruling party has extended its undying support to Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
“While it is indeed upsetting to witness this attack, it comes as no surprise. The truth is that Hlaudi was deployed to the SABC to do the ANC’s bidding. The ANC will always come first and the constitutional rights, which so many people died for, a distant second,” remarked the DA.
“It is time to end the politically motivated assault at the SABC once and for all,” the party asserted. It also disclosed that they approached the ANC Chief Whip to “schedule an urgent Unusual Meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Communications in terms of National Assembly (NA) Rule 223.
Parliament’s continued silence in this regard will make it complicit in the erosion of the public broadcaster and cannot abdicate its responsibilities to hold the SABC to its obligation to act in the public interest,” added the party.
DA urged the Committee to meet immediately and summon Hlaudi Motsoeneng to justify his actions.
“The Portfolio Committee should not permit this corrosive atmosphere’ to persist…We know that throughout the SABC there are hard-working journalists, who practice excellent journalism on a daily basis. We applaud you for the work you do for South Africa.”
On ANC’s Response
Speaking, the party’s National Spokesperson and the Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile van Damme said: “ANC Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa’s full-scale attack on the peaceful protests this morning are not only shameful, but a deliberate attempt to undermine media freedom.”
The ANC Spokesperson reportedly shared on social media that the “struggle to protect SABC must be based on principle not on some postulated values of media freedom”
To him, “the reflection of people picketing outside SABC offices reveals the real Agenda to capture the corporation.”
Van Damme said Kodwa’s remark left her angry.