DA: SABC coverage of ANC rally 'biased'

2011-05-15 14:40

Johannesburg - The DA has accused the SABC of bias for refusing it live coverage, but devoting a two-hour live broadcast to the ANC's final election rally in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The decision was in violation of the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act (IBAA) because it was not equitable or consistent, said MP James Selfe.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was not immediately available for comment.

In a statement, Selfe said the act stated that a broadcaster was required to "treat all political parties equitably" and that "each broadcasting service should be consistent in its treatment of contesting parties and of conflicting views".

"The act contains these requirements because, to bias coverage in one direction or the other, would be to favour one political party over another and unduly influence the ability of each South African citizen to discern the choices available to them."

Selfe said the decision by the SABC promoted the views of the ANC and gave prominence to one agenda over others.

"A two-hour live crossing is incomparable with a hard news story on a bulletin.

"In doing so, it is to promote one choice before South Africans over another which is both contrary to the SABC’s mandate and undemocratic.

"Now, more than ever, the vote of every citizen can make a profound difference on 18 May," he said.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-15 14:50

    Do not know why the DA is complaing about the SABC covering the ANC's rally in Joburg. After all, the SABC is the mouthpiece of the ANC, and should be re-named the SANC - the South African Nationalised Corporation.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-15 15:00

      The DA is complaining to make the matter a news headline, thus publicizing why their rally wasn't aired on SABC and to show that the ANC is resorting to foul play - bribes, intimidation, political sabotage, etc. With the DA laying the complaint, other news organizations (in this case, News24) are able to publicize the matter, and this allows the matter to get elevated for further scrutiny and public observation.

      Grant - 2011-05-15 15:03

      @Taurusaurus....I think you missed the sarcasm that Macho Mike has become famous in his own lunchbreak for.

      clark - 2011-05-15 15:32

      - And unbelievably there are still people out there paying this Anc controlled mouthpiece an annual TV. license fee ! Stopped paying years ago for sub- standard content and propaganda rubbish.

      Dundermoose - 2011-05-15 16:02

      @Clark Why does anyone pay a TV Licence? Why should we? If ETV can survive without licence fees why can't the SABC - oh yes, I fogot. It's run by gravy tain riding cANCer fatcats!!!

      ebdg3000 - 2011-05-15 16:15

      It's probably cheaper and less hassle to pay the R250 a year license fee, although it does gall me to do so. If you don't pay it, or if they think you haven't paid it - which recently happened to me - they set their vulture 'b' grade lawyers on you which is incredibly incensing.

      clark - 2011-05-15 16:24

      - @ ebgd 3000 - suit yourself - The Anc govt. loves your type - soft target fodder. Remind their lawyers that a National broadcaster is meant to be totally impartial - not a propaganda mouthpiece for the Anc.

      JudithNkwe - 2011-05-15 17:11

      Spot on!

      Victor - 2011-05-15 18:18

      @ebgd3000 - I agree with you. I'm only paying my TV licence because its to much hassle to fight and it is the law. I'm disgusted what I am getting for the money, not having seen anything in months I'm rushing home to watch. To fight it would cost me more per day than the TV Licence would cost me per year. And you must pay a TV licence even though you watch DVDs because you owe a TV.

      clark - 2011-05-15 19:26

      - @victor - ' and it's the law ' - tell me Victor ,are the very people making those laws ( the Anc govt. )totally law abiding themselves- or is obeying the laws only for ordinary citizens , like you and me ? You see Victor , the adage that all shall be equal in the eyes of the law , does'nt apply in this country. Some ( Anc cadres and those connected ) are far more equal than us - they're all exempt to steal and plunder our money . Wake up man !!!!!

  • LBS - 2011-05-15 14:57

    Typical ANC propoganda which they use their "own" television station for.

  • Joryha - 2011-05-15 15:04

    Is the SABC a public broadcaster or a mouthpiece of the ANC. SABC has answered this for the voters and taxpayers. How can the SABC still expect us to do the right thing? DA may you woo the masses without the added edge of the SABC.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-15 15:09

    One side of the story, let us hear the other side please

      Taurusaurus - 2011-05-15 15:12

      "SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was not immediately available for comment." - That's why we haven't heard the other side yet. Looks pretty straightforward, and the longer the SABC stays silent, the more reliable this news article becomes.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-15 15:14

      See, you can find common ground with the DA. I believe that is all they are asking, too.

      clark - 2011-05-15 15:41

      - Why ? - Being Anc controlled , it can only be more lies , cover up's, denials and deception.

      Victor - 2011-05-15 18:22

      I'm interested to hear what excuses or story the ANC spin in their spidery web. Which unexpected voters they going to catch in their web of corruption and poor services.

      photonic - 2011-05-16 08:41

      Paul, I've been reading your comments for some time really are amusing!

  • Honest - 2011-05-15 15:14

    Let these elections come and go like the rest before them so we can channel our energies and intellect into something else . These problems happen with every election where the ruling party gets full coverage of their rallies especially close to election day .Who do you then report the matter to , the very party responsible for the act ?

  • Slapper - 2011-05-15 15:19

    Of Course the SABC is biased. One could not get a job as a cleaner, unless the ANC gives the nod. Live with it DA. The day is coming when the Voter will not believe a word Broadcast by them.

  • Willem Louw - 2011-05-15 15:23

    This is why Nationalisation has never and will never work - because those in power abuse it. Every government controlled enterprise is a disaster, and the SABC is no exception. Perhaps someone should give our ruling party a copy of George Orwell's animal farm: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others". Just another typical demonstration where the ANC shows that they believe they are above the law.

      a - 2011-05-15 15:31

      you Willem, think about it... if you were broadcaster would you cover rally in a hall or in a stadium? just a thought

  • Mike Webber - 2011-05-15 15:31

    Of course the SABC is biased, it's a state-owned and controlled entity. The ANC control the board and all aspects of their broadcasting. The SABC is effectively a state-run department. No surprises here. This is what happens under a dictator regime. Typical Africa.

      eh eh eh - 2011-05-15 17:26

      Correction - It is an ineffectively run state department!

      Victor - 2011-05-15 18:26

      Yea... When last did the SABC have a new program. I'm not talking about program pasted together in South Africa for the SABC.

      clark - 2011-05-15 20:28

      - Victor , I see you're starting to get the picture. Scr-w the SABC and their license fees.

  • disconfucula - 2011-05-15 15:31

    Paulmandlankosi.. bet you you dont have cable tv otherwise you would not watch SABC... and you can watch SABC without paying for the service, mmm?

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-15 15:35


  • Gift - 2011-05-15 15:33

    we have been ill directed and raised a 2 wallow in past pains.truth is we must as a nation embrace our diverse history..our preamble outlines a significant vision of equity among us all.the way the anc runs the country, the behavioural patterns of our so caled leaders,the race cards...etc...change wil cum when the colour of a man is of no significance as the like the colour of his eyes. The d.a is right we dnt wana be coercoed

  • Lefty - 2011-05-15 15:34

    There is nothing Democratic about this approach from SABC ..This is a true reflection of Communism.The reason why the spokesperson was not available is because he is at the Rally. The truth will NEVER be brought to light in this Country while the ANC is in charge.

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-15 15:37

    How many empty chairs were there for the SABC to cover?

      V. Zela - 2011-05-15 15:47

      I thought you were watching sabc1

      Lefty - 2011-05-15 15:47

      They have VIP tickets!

  • Mistery Man - 2011-05-15 15:46

    Such a pitty that we have to pay a tv license to watch all this anC rubbish especially on a Sunday of all days.

      clark - 2011-05-15 16:36

      - Simple - stop paying.

  • wise@60 - 2011-05-15 15:54

    The only way that inequitable coverage is to reward this behavioiur with the sanction of not paying TV licences. This is anarchistic beaviour however, corruption at the level we witness it also borders on anarchistic. Meet like with like. do not trust these people with your tax Rands. We as the tax paying public should design a system that circumvents their ability to abuse and deplete through fraud the infrastructure of OUR country.

  • Coffeeor Me - 2011-05-15 16:00

    To ALL SA Citizens, after all it is not a TV cpverage that will make the difference it is YOUR impartial VOTE, pay your politician, IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!! ensure your ballad papers are legitimate, enjoy the off day!!!!!

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-05-15 16:00

    SABC belongs to the ANC propoganda network. Of course they would do this.

      wise@60 - 2011-05-15 16:13

      Should we just accept this! Surely we have some ability as the tax paying public to stop this abusethrough whatsoever means necessary. Remember that "the end justifies the means" is not of the tax payers making. The ANC should be rewarded with a strategy they know only too well.

  • alexander.j.s.dowding - 2011-05-15 16:17

    When can we expect the Democratic Alliance to roll out it's own sponsored TV network? SABC's star is fading fast.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-15 16:23

      It will be call "Whiners Network"

      Lefty - 2011-05-15 16:34

      They won't get pass government for a Broadcasting license....

      clark - 2011-05-15 16:39

      - Nope - The plain truth.

      eh eh eh - 2011-05-15 17:30

      Eish, those pearls of wisdom from Sir PoepPaul!

      stukyster - 2011-05-15 18:01

      It's called a YouTube channel, and it's free!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-15 16:34

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  • Clive Paterson - 2011-05-15 16:52

    Never ever again can the SABC say that they are not politically biased towards the ANC. Then there is the question of shoving other SABC shows to one side to make place for propaganda. If only they could run a broadcasting business, but they can't. look at all the mistakes on radio and TV. Shame on their poor attempts to imitate a decent broadcasting business!

  • velastardust - 2011-05-15 16:53

    How to attract crowds to an ANC rally for SABC coverage. Offer free 'T 'shirts, a free bus ride to the FNB stadium and free entertainment. Without these 3 free ingredients the seats would all be empty.

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-05-15 17:07

    @ paulmandlankosi Dr Nkosi, you are very subtle. It must amuse you even more to watch these people fall into your trap and expose themselves.

      V. Zela - 2011-05-15 17:40

      A dentist can never be subtle

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-15 18:06

      @ V.Zela I don't mean in the physical sense :)

      V. Zela - 2011-05-15 18:15

      Nor do I

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-05-15 17:12

    When all parties are supposed to receive equal time, the SABC is breaking the law

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-15 18:00

    Now in the interest of fairness, the SABC must give every single South African party running for these municipal elections, two hours of free time to promote their party to the masses. No adverts, just a constant political message. Fair is fair ANC! AND don't forget, this must happen before the 18th! Let's see where the SABC really lies with this one! I think we all already know the answer, don't we?!

  • Jazz - 2011-05-15 18:36

    It was not only this event that was biased. I get the feeling that its been the same rubish every night on the news. 2 or 5 minutes ANC news and then 2 to 5 seconds DA.

  • tommy 2 - 2011-05-15 18:48

    Helen, Why did you not by airtime for ETV. so hoe jou bek autie hellen.....

      V. Zela - 2011-05-15 20:09

      I see spelling is not you forte

  • Organist-1 - 2011-05-15 19:22

    The DA should have obtained a court order preventing this biased broadcast. Even if the SABC is the mouthpiece of the ANC, it still claims to be an independent national broadcaster, sucking license money from john citizen. There hasn't been a single live broadcast of any DA rally. We are sick and tired of listening to ANC lies, propaganda, Malema and and those other imbeciles who promise the earth and then fill their back pockets leaving the poor poorer. Look at their own toilet debacle. First the Free State and now the same in Maritzburg. And they have the gall to chastise the western Cape. Cote for us now and we will fix it-- is the cry. They couldnt do it in 17 years so how now all of a sudden?

  • za101 - 2011-05-15 19:54

    In Egypt, the first people that got arrested after Mubaarak was overthrown was those editors and producers at Egypt TV

  • za101 - 2011-05-15 19:55

    The SABC mission is tomake African people dumb. there is no quality of shows at all. News bulletins are average.

  • spook ghost - 2011-05-15 20:56

    Well, it's simple. Stop paying your SABC TV Licence. The majority of the licensees are working people who pay taxes (i.e whites). There are no TV licence inspectors enforcing payment or doing inspections in the black areas. Instead, they are leeching off the minorities. Boycott the paying of TV licences by writing them a letter stating you not supporting the ANC propaganda machine any longer.

      clark - 2011-05-16 00:29

      - Spot on - now we're talking. Anc is forever targeting the minorities, (the soft white targets) to fund their insatiable greed and thieving. Meanwhile juli@rse want's us all dead - they want it both ways !!! The SABC are not honouring their charter for impartiality - They must bear the consequences - simple.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-15 20:57

    Zuma (the ANC) appoints all the heads of key "independent" institutions. Things will get even better when the media is silenced and the Protection of Information Bill is signed into law. There is no democracy in S.A. It is still run like in the days of Shaka. By fear, smoke and mirrors. We seriously need to be educated. This is the only road to freedom.

  • ewald - 2011-05-15 23:23

    A SABC spokesperson on SAfm explained that the DA had ample coverage during the campaign period and that "fair treatment doesn't mean equal treatment" suggesting the DA can't be expected to be given the same amount of airtime than the ANC. WTF?

  • Baddy - 2011-05-16 08:27

    O well, now I REFUSE to pay my TV license!!! They only show kak on SABC anyways, so the ANC deserves to be on there.

      Matt - 2011-05-16 09:17

      @ Baddy - I haven't paid for a license in 4 years. I would, if I weren't paying directly for ANC propaganda. Last time SANC ever came to my doorstep to check my license was in 2002... how must they check if you're in a flat/complex with access control and you're at work most the time anyway? But try cancelling it... what a mission! I went overseas and I had to give them proof of address and a copy of the flight tickets! When I came back to SA, I just didn't get a new one. In contrast with the UK - they send you demands every month and threaten you with fines for not paying (this is the application process!!!) and even after sending them a letter to say I don't have a TV, still they sent demands every month... crazy! SABC ("SANC") IS so clearly biased... in 2004 during general election coverage, they actually told people to go out and vote ANC!!! They said "If you don't know who to vote for yet, remember which party gave you freedom"

      clark - 2011-05-16 09:32

      - Welcome to the club. Good man,Baddy

  • Tc - 2011-05-17 06:31

    Nobody should be surprised. We have known all along that the SABC is absolutely biassed. The really sad thing is that we are expected to pay TV Licences to help finace this ANC mouthpiece!

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