DA's SABC protest a 'silly gimmick' - ANC

2016-07-19 17:13
Two people protest outside Parliament with the DA over "SABC capture". (Paul Herman, News24)

Two people protest outside Parliament with the DA over "SABC capture". (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - The DA's protest against events at the SABC, outside Parliament on Tuesday, was a "publicity stunt" and a "silly gimmick", the ANC has said.

"The DA's march against the ANC in Parliament today is a publicity stunt that has nothing to do with the serious issues pertaining to the SABC, but a desperate gimmick to boost its weak and diminishing election campaign," ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.

"It's unheard of that a parliamentary party would march against another parliamentary party in protest at the very programme it designed and agreed to as part of the National Assembly programming committee."

Around 200 people protested outside Parliament on Tuesday to deliver a list of demands to ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu following the SABC’s decision to censor its coverage of protests.

DA communications spokesperson Phumzile van Damme led the picket in Cape Town. She said Mthembu had failed in his duty by turning down the DA's request for a special meeting to discuss the crisis.

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"The chief whip of the majority party is indeed responsible for signing parliamentary programmes, but he only does so following agreement by all parties," Mothapo continued.

"Ours is not an authoritarian parliamentary system, where the governing party dictates the agenda and unilaterally impose it on other parties."

Mothapo said Mthembu's office took developments at the SABC seriously, and said Parliament would deal with them after the elections.

"We strongly condemn the DA's attempt to trivialise and make a mockery of the situation at the SABC through silly gimmicks."


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