DA protests SABC 'bias'

2010-10-08 16:02

Cape Town – The DA on Friday accused the SABC of refusing to broadcast a positive story about the official opposition as part of a policy to promote the ANC.

The story in question was a press conference on Thursday where the DA announced that 13 out of the 14 DA-run municipalities in South Africa had spent their full infrastructure grant for the financial year.

"This was a significant and noteworthy achievement and demonstrated that, where the DA governs, service delivery is of a high standard," DA spokesperson Gareth van Onselen said.

"And yet the SABC, despite being at the press conference, failed in its television and radio bulletins to mention the DA's performance – the very purpose behind the press conference."

Van Onselen said an SABC 3 bulletin simply portrayed the DA as criticising the poor performance of the ruling party. Another, on SABC 2, excluded all reference to the DA.

"In short, the SABC suppressed that information which put the DA in a favourable light. The only plausible reason can be that it was acting to protect the interests of the ANC."

Van Onselen said all other news organisations that carried the story accurately reflected the DA's claims.

The DA has repeatedly accused the SABC of displaying a bias towards the ruling party.

In August, DA leader Helen Zille saying the public broadcaster has been turned into an ANC mouthpiece by the Zuma administration, in line with a resolution taken at the party's Polokwane conference that the SABC should show local content consistent reflecting ANC values.