The Democratic Alliance (DA) party thinks it’s uncool to order SA radio stations to play birthday songs for President Jacob Zuma.
DA said it learnt that various SA radio stations including Ukhozi FM, Phalaphala FM, Ikwekwezi FM and Ligwalagwala FM, received orders “from above” to play special happy birthday songs for President Zuma.
With the above, DA indicated that it will submit parliamentary questions to the new Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo, to find out:
- Who commissioned the song;
- Who paid for the commissioning of the song;
- The stations ordered to play it and how much it cost to air the song?
DA contended that SA radio stations are obligated to inform and educate South Africans.
“…(They) should not be used to protect the self-interests of the political elite or to sing the praises of a person who has become a one-man wrecking ball.
“In light of the political and economic fallout following the President’s midnight cabinet reshuffle, the latest move by the Zuma camp can be described as nothing less than propaganda to ensure that he retains his power by all means possible.
“Under Zuma’s presidency, poor South Africans continue to suffer, as he sells our country to individuals who seek to loot our public coffers in order to enrich themselves,” DA stated.
Thereafter, the party urged all public broadcasters to protect their independence from any attempt by captured individuals to promote narratives that endanger media freedom.
Meanwhile President Zuma said his birthday wish is to witness more progress in building a better life for the poor and the working class.
“I would like to see us making more progress in fighting poverty and inequality. We need to make progress in black economic empowerment to promote true economic freedom.
“I also wish to see us winning the battle against racism in our country. We remain committed to building a non-racial society and will continue to work hard to unite our people against racism and all its manifestations.
“My wish is also to see more citizens working with the police and government to rid our communities of crime and building safer communities,” added President Zuma.