IFP demands equal coverage

2012-09-14 10:48

IFP protesters carried posters reading: “We demand equal coverage for all political parties,” as they marched in Johannesburg.

Around 200 protesters walked from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown down Bree Street, led by IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi on a march to the SABC today.

Buthelezi was expected to address the protesters when they arrived at the SABC premises in Auckland Park.

The group was expected to deliver a memorandum of understanding to the broadcaster.

The Inkatha Freedom Party alleged that the parastatal failed to give equal coverage to their party or other opposition parties.

IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said they had had enough of the public broadcaster operating as an “ANC and government station instead of a public broadcaster”.

“A multi-democracy shouldn’t work like this... We want an end to this political conviction (sic),” he said.

An IFP supporter who identified herself as Ndumiso said: “We call the media when we have events but they are never there, but when their (ANC party) is in trouble, they are the first to come running.”

Dressed in IFP T-shirts and wrapped in cloths depicting a picture of Buthelezi, some of the men waved sticks and shields in the air and engaged in song.

“(Julius) Malema was never beaten up as a child, which is why he is disrespectful,” they sang in Zulu.

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