ANC denies it prefers broadcast journos

2014-03-08 09:57

President Jacob Zuma’s bodyguards stopped print reporters from entering houses during the president’s election campaign tour yesterday.

The ANC has rejected claims that preferential treatment was given to broadcast journalists, saying that it is easy to identify broadcast journalists because they carry cameras, while print journalists carrying notepads look like ordinary members of the public.

“It was just a minor problem where journalists were restricted,” ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told Sapa.

Security personnel yesterday barred reporters with iPads and notepads, but allowed those with cameras, who arrived later, into residents’ homes to listen to the president.

Khoza said the misunderstanding could also be attributed to the fact that there was no accreditation for the event.

When large crowds of people tried to get close to the president, bodyguards pushed them away.

“It was not specifically targeted at the media, but it just happened that the media were affected,” he said.

Zuma spent several hours in the townships around Tshwane, listening to the problems and demands of residents.

The visits are part of the president’s election campaign tour through Soshanguve, Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa in the build up to the May 7 general elections.

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