Zuma didn’t know about signal jamming – presidency

2015-02-14 16:29

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The presidency has denied rumours that President Jacob Zuma knew about signal jamming ahead of his state of the nation address.

On Thursday night, around 25 journalists launched a protest in the press gallery of the National Assembly because they did not have cellphone reception to file their stories.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen – supported by the EFF and Freedom Front Plus – rose on a “rule of order” to submit that the jamming was “in direct violation of the... Constitution”.

The signal was then restored.

“President Zuma also condemns the jamming of cellular phones in the National Assembly. Rumours that the president was informed of this act are incorrect and baseless,” presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

Zuma urged everyone in South Africa to abide by Clause 16 of the Constitution, which relates to freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, the South African National Editors’ Forum has decided to go to court over the incident.

Read: Sanef goes to court over signal jamming

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