Debora Patta says sorry
Pieter du Toit, Beeld
Johannesburg - Debora Patta, the producer and presenter of the current affairs programme 3rd Degree, has apologised to a FF+ youth leader, after the party accused her of treating the student in an intimidating and condescending manner.
This followed Patta's interview with Chrisna de Kock, a student at the University of the Free State, in which De Kock was accused of racism.
Patta made the apology on Tuesday night during her programme on e.tv after an agreement was reached with the FF+ shortly before the Broadcasting Complaints Commission was to rule on it.
The interview with De Kock was part of a programme about the state of race relations at the university.
While De Kock tried to explain how she reached out to other cultural groups while trying to preserve her own traditions, Patta fired statements about racism at her before accusing her directly of being racist.
A tearful De Kock denied it. But it made no impression on Patta.
The FF+ said in a statement that it supported press freedom, but it should not be used to further personal agendas.
Vasili Vass, e.tv's spokesperson, said the channel regarded the way in which Patta had handled the situation as "unfortunate".
He denied that the FF+ had been accused of racism, or that e.tv had crossed boundaries or furthered personal agendas.