BCCSA: SABC3 reporting on Spear accurate

2012-07-31 14:13

Johannesburg - A complaint that the SABC3 misled viewers when it reported that they had to delete all copies of the controversial painting The Spear has been dismissed by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA).

In a judgment released on Tuesday, BCCSA chairperson Prof Kobus van Rooyen said that in the news item broadcast on June 1 it was clear people were being urged to delete images of the painting before it was defaced.

On June 1, the Film and Publications Board (FPB) classification committee gave a 16N rating to Brett Murray's painting, which depicted President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals and was displayed in the Goodman Gallery.

In a written complaint, Thabo Motsoane accused SABC3 of reporting that "the decision made by the FPB's classification committee to suggest that all South African citizens in possession of uncensored The Spear painting images must delete it".

Van Rooyen said the SABC accurately reported that the FPB's CEO Yoliswa Makhasi Mmapula Makola had urged parents and children under the age of 16 to delete the offending image.

It did not say all South Africans had to delete the image.

"The balance of the news item, where interviews were conducted with several persons, made it clear that the painting was not banned and that the restriction lay in the non-accessibility of the copies of the painting to children under 16 in terms of the decision made by the board," said Van Rooyen.

  • Danwill Theys - 2012-07-31 14:16

    Salaries: Zuma is five times more expensive than Obama Africa is not only beating Britain in rugby and cricket. Our head of state is now also top in the salary stakes. After the latest 5.5% increase, President Jacob Zuma’s annual salary is now R2 622 561. British Prime Minister David Cameron takes home only R1 843 884 annually. French President François Hollande, whose salary was recently cut by 30%, earns just R1.8 million per year. However, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga can look down on Zuma and the others. His salary of R3 544 932 is even higher than that of US President Barack Obama, who earns R3 322 080 per year. However, Obama leads a much bigger population, so per head he actually costs his people five times less than Zuma costs us. Local Cabinet ministers are also better off than their peers. A South African minister earns R2 006 292, a British minister gets R1 747 340 and a French one R1.2 million per year. South African MPs now earn R889 383, British MPs get up to R844 032 and French MPs about R780 261 annually. South African mayors reached the million mark after Zuma last week approved the salary increases proposed by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers. The increases also apply to judges, magistrates and traditional leaders. Increases will be backdated to April 1 this year.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-31 15:02

      and Danwill: The cost of living (a bit subjective for sure), but in my experience is lower in SA than the UK. For my lifestyle in SA I need about about one third less to live a similar lifestyle compared to the UK.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-31 15:02

    Despite my response to Danwell's comment I don't see how this is relevant to the article!

  • berthram - 2012-07-31 17:01

    Really, News24? Is the Spear debacle still a current affair? Tsk tsk.

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