IFP demands equal coverage

2012-09-14 14:13

Johannesburg - A group of IFP supporters marched through the Johannesburg CBD to the SABC studios in Auckland Park, Johannesburg on Friday to demand equal coverage for all political parties.

Led by Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the group was to hand over a memorandum of understanding to the public broadcaster.

"We demand equal coverage for all political parties", read their posters.

Others said, "We also pay our TV licences". Buthelezi was expected to address the hundreds of protesters when they arrived at the SABC's offices in Auckland Park.

Shops, hawkers and banks closed their doors as the demonstrators passed through.

IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa said he 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," 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 there is trouble [with the ANC], they are the first to come running."

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

"Down with the SABC, down!" the group chanted as it made its way to the SABC.

The state broadcaster was in the news this week following a statement by an SABC union that former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema - a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma - has been banned from the airways.

"Malema was never beaten up as a child, which is why he is disrespectful," they sang in Zulu.

  • TheDifference - 2012-09-14 14:31

    What happened to just sending an email? now we march memorandums to everybody...

  • Badger - 2012-09-14 14:53

    WTF ??? Are they serious ???? South Africa is turning into a ZOO !!!!!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-09-14 14:58

    According to Bright Button Zuma on eTV last night the less representation you have the less rights your entitled to. So goes his thinking on Democracy.

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-09-14 15:01

    it's interesting to hear that even the IFP whant Malema back on SABC news....

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-09-14 15:05

    IFP what?

  • jacques.smit - 2012-09-14 15:20

    Bwahahahah i wonder how many of those protesters actually have a valid TV license... i bet about 5%..?? if that many!

  • Thabani Mabuyakhulu - 2012-09-14 15:44

    What coverage? they are not even in government for crying out loud! The public broadcaster has a mandate to inform the public on the work of government, and unfortunately that happens to be the ANC. This IFP must first get into government, in that way, we would develop an interest in them and their government but otherwise i doubt there is that much interest in the affairs of the IFP, in any event, they are towards the end of their lifespan.

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2012-09-14 15:51

    At the end of the day the SABC remains a PUBLIC broadcaster, it should not be used by the ruling party (Which ever it maybe) as an official mouthpiece of its mother body. Can someone at the SABC also explain to us why the news content is different for the different languages??. Do yourself a favor - watch the isiZulu, English and isiXhosa/Sothu news on the same evening, you will find news stories on the Zulu bulletin that was not aired on the english bulletin and visa versa and some just omitted completely!. Shouldnt South Africa have ONE news bulletin broadcasted in the relevant languages, rather than the heavily edited versions in which editors decide which story might be more pertinant for a particular race/language group??. Our taxes and licence fees pay for this service so surely we are entitled to news and information that is not biased, and is equal in coverage. Pull up your socks SABC!

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-09-14 16:34

    That party is for illiterate and violent people.

      papikie2 - 2012-09-14 18:42

      I am sure there are people who are more literate than you within the ranks of the party.

      phillipm.seopa - 2012-09-14 19:30

      But do you agree that is for violent and arrogant people?*zolos*

      phillipm.seopa - 2012-09-14 19:31

      But do you agree that is for violent and arrogant people?*zolos*

  • darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-15 11:59

    the ifp only got 3% of the overall vote so they only entitled to get 3% coverage.

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