The African National Congress (ANC) has declined the Democratic Alliances plea to have an Unusual Parliamentary Meeting to discuss SABC chaos.
The ANC replied in a letter and said they will deal with the matter as soon as the National Assembly reconvene after the local government elections.
The Party later then called on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC board to launch a probe into the Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
ANC’s Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said the probe should look into “serious” allegations that Motsoeneng abused his power and that he had undermined the SABC’s editorial policies, failed to carry out its public mandate and suspended people “willy-nilly”.
DA Spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said the ANC wants Minister Muthambi and the SABC Board to investigate Motsoeneng because they know it will be another whitewash.
She added Muthambi is a “staunch” supporter of Motsoeneng and has promoted and protected him at every opportunity.
“The truth is that Mr Motsoeneng was deployed to the SABC to do the ANC’s bidding during an election where the ANC stands to lose major support. Waiting until after the election stands to serve the ANC,” said van Damme
Van Damme further said they will give the ANC in Parliament one more chance to fix this matter and convene a meeting of the Communications Committee, or face being in dereliction of its constitutional duties to conduct oversight over the SABC.
“This simply cannot wait until after the election. The problems at the SABC are now, and need to the fixed now,” she said.
Machinations at the SABC have now gone too far- DA
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the Parliament to take a stand against the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) censorship.
DA’s National Spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme said they have written to African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to request an Unusual Meeting.
“The DA has written to the ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, requesting an Unusual Meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Communications in terms of National Assembly (NA) Rule 223,” said van Damme
She also said the meeting is to discuss the deeply concerning machinations at the SABC that have gone too far.
Van Damme added the parliament can no longer turn a blind eye to the blatant chilling of freedom of expression and the press at the SABC. She further reiterated they will not rest until Motsoeneng is stripped of his position.
Following the SABC’s banning of airing violent protests, negative stories about President Jacob Zuma, the resignation of Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jimmi Matthews and the suspension of three Journalists, the DA has been adamantly calling for SABC’s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneg to be axed.
On Monday handed in his resignation and said the corrosive atmosphere at the SABC has impacted negatively on his moral judgement.
In another attempt to be heard, the DA led by its Leader Mmusi Maimane headed to the SABC to picket and call for Motsoeneng to fall.
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) called on SABC leadership to urgently reverse its decision to censor the news and allow its journalists to work in a free environment that does not compromise their ethics’
“The SABC is an asset of the South African public as a whole and that it is being turned into a state broadcaster that only serves the interest of the ruling party is wrong and must be condemned,” said Sanef.