SABC scoffs at complaints by IFP, ACDP about coverage

2014-04-24 00:00

THE IFP and ACDP have joined the ranks of the EFF and DA in complaining about the lack of coverage by the SABC.

The DA and the EFF had claimed that the public broadcaster had refused to air the parties’ adverts on television or radio, but SABC said the two parties were asked to amend their adverts.

IFP national campaign committee chairperson Narend Singh yesterday said, “We seem to get no coverage from SABC. We are having a challenge with the airtime as distributed by Icasa.”

Singh cited examples of incidents where the public broadcaster did not cover their events, including at Jozini in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week and their North West rally, where the public broadcaster’s reporters were unable to attend because of “car problems” a week ago.

Although the IFP was considering lodging a complaint with Icasa, Singh said the party and SABC were engaged in informal talks, which he would not elaborate on.

“We seem to be finding an amicable solution,” he said.

The IFP recently called on all opposition parties to meet and respond to alleged unfair promotion of the ANC and discriminatory behaviour towards opposition parties even if it meant resorting to court action.

The IFP’s unhappiness comes as the ACDP has also expressed its dismay with the lack of coverage it received from SABC and its perception that it was being shunned from political debates.

“The SABC does not cover our events, not a single event in KZN. We are not invited to their political debates,” ACDP provincial leader Joann Downs said, adding that they were poised to complain to Icasa if their rally was not covered on April 27.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago scoffed at the concerns.

“I don’t know what they are talking about.

“We get all these complaints at this time of the elections,” adding that all parties were not satisfied with coverage they obtained.

Kganyago said the public broadcaster did not cover events but stories as and when they happened.

“Events compete and that is how it happens. If they want to talk to us, they must do so,” he said.

Commenting on the ACDP complaint about not being featured in political debates, he said there were small parties that unfortunately could not be featured on a daily basis.

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