ANC delegates agree on tribunal

2010-09-23 08:52

Cape Town - It seems increasingly likely that Parliament will be requested to launch an investigation into the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal.

ANC delegates at the party's national general council (NGC) on Wednesday had a "robust" debate about the media, but agreed on the necessity for regulation of the media.

Lindiwe Zulu, who reported to the NGC on behalf of the media and communication commission, told reporters that the biggest part of the debate was not about the media tribunal, but on why the Polokwane recommendations were not followed.

"Delegates wanted to know why this recommendation (which requested an investigation into a media tribunal) had not yet been actioned."

"Ways were discussed to ensure it would be done."

No doubt

Another senior delegate said there was no doubt that such a body would be appointed. "Look, there are too many newspapers which report inaccurately and hurt ordinary people. It can't go on like this."

According to this delegate, there is general unity among alliance partners about how such a body would work. She did, however, not want to give details about whether the body would answer to Parliament.

"It happens very rarely that the alliance reverses a decision that has already been made. Delegates did want to know, however, how it would affect journalism as well as whistle-blowers. They also want to investigate ways to protect sources so that information (for journalists) could still be obtained."

According to Sapa, the ANC wants an independent statutory body accountable to Parliament to deal with complaints against newspapers, instead of only using the self-regulatory system of the Press Ombudsman, who currently deals with complaints.

The 2007 document on the party's resolutions states: "Conference adopts the recommendation of the policy conference that the establishment of a MAT [Media Appeals Tribunal] be investigated...

"Conference notes that the creation of a MAT would strengthen, complement and support the current self-regulatory institutions (Press Ombudsman/Press Council) in the public interest."

  • HK - 2010-09-23 09:06

    When has a newspaper ever hurt 'ordinary people'? This is just another way to hide government corruption and maladministration.

  • Standiwe - 2010-09-23 09:07

    The beginning of the end...The ANC just lost my vote.

  • Interested - 2010-09-23 09:09

    Why are we going back to apartheid years again.

  • Dick Tracy - 2010-09-23 09:10

    Although I do not support the ANC in this regard the Media do have to watch themselves. I have stopped buying the Sunday Times because what you read on Sunday is retracted on Monday. I have no time for Julius but when he attacked reporters for not doing thier job, that is investigative Journalism, I couldn't help agree. Carte Blanch for example gets an idea and sets of to prove it in a biased manner. You Journalist are meant to be unbiased. Report the news and get comment from independent experts. YOU JOUNALIST HAVE BROUGHT THIS ON YOURSELVES AND SA IS GOING TO SUFFER AS A CONSEQUENCE!

  • Niel Meiring - 2010-09-23 09:12

    sign a petition here:

  • Shams - 2010-09-23 09:18

    The ANC have FAILED at everything they have tried to do, except for Crime! Now they want to control the SA public with draconian laws, much like all the other failed African states. And all this so that the corrupot elite few ANC comrades can stay in power and enrich themselves at the expense of the people the claim to serve. It is time for the voters to stop supporting the ANC. They are not what they claim to be, but a racists self-enriching bunch.

  • siya lingani - 2010-09-23 09:27

    the media tribunal its good move for all SA.

  • Jan - 2010-09-23 09:28

    And this is news? They decided on it long ago and this debate was purely for show. They just decided on a new "strategy" to get people to start supporting it

  • Lawrence McLeod - 2010-09-23 09:28

    The Nationalist's apartheid government, through their strict controls, kept us in the dark as to what was really happening in our country – I suppose it seems fair that the ANC now has their turn to mess up the country.

  • e007 - 2010-09-23 09:29

    Yep, goodbye freedom of speech! There is absolutely no way one could have freedom of speech, if you have to confirm everything to parliament, no matter how they implement it. Now I won't even go and retire in SA anymore.

  • HotRod - 2010-09-23 09:31

    Why do we need a Media Appeals Tribunal when we have courts where any one who has been wrongly defamed by the media can sue???

  • Geyser - 2010-09-23 09:40

    South African media is trash. Most of what they report is cut and paste and not investigated properly. The quality of journalists is so low that they will not stand a chance at any half decent world class newspaper, except in some gutter newspaper.
    Media has to be held accountable for what they report and it must be facts.

  • Ralph - 2010-09-23 10:04

    The ANC is right here. If you have a problem with anyone, approach him/her and find out first information from him/her. You don't just go to the public and talk bad news without having first information from that person. Journalists only talk bad about South Africa to the world. White people do white collar crime, rhino poaching, fraud, drug smuggling, but you will never see their names on the media.

  • Zolile Gosa - 2010-09-23 10:06

    I am in full support of the Media Appeals Tribunal. Im of the view tht not only is the ombudsman ineffective but also misguided. As for the Protection of Info Bill, i remain unshaken in taking a firm stance AGAINST it. Not only will that encourage the already rife corruption tendencies but it wil also give corrupt officials power to muzzle whistle blowers. We need a fair, non-governmental regulatory body for the Media. Not the protection of info bill

  • Liars - 2010-09-23 10:09

    Since when does the ANC (Anti-Newspaper-Congress) give a toss about ordinary people? This is a move to cover up their incompetence and their corruption. When is Cwele's wife going to court for alleged drug smuggling?

  • jnrb - 2010-09-23 10:12

    It will never get through The Constitutional court!

  • marie - 2010-09-23 10:18

    The only way to change the way of thinking is to vote for another party, one who agrees on freedom of speech, investigative journalism, whistle-blowing on corruption and real democracy. It will not help to complain about the ANC's power hungry and dictatorship manners if we do not change their position at the election. Hurt them where it hurts the most, think for yourself and make the right choices.

  • Chuck - 2010-09-23 10:18

    Just one step closer to a soicalist regime!

  • Baas'Boerseun - 2010-09-23 10:19

    Obviously they are really confused as to who ordinary people is and what such people want. Ordinary people are ones who love freedom and those will for-sure not want his tribunal. Who do these pumpkins think they are to make ask for things that will just hurt the country's already tarnished image?

  • @siya lingani - 2010-09-23 10:20

    Does brainwashing and having free will removed hurt? Its uninformed sheep like yourselve that is the downfall of democracy. Baah!

  • Ken - 2010-09-23 10:24

    This is merely a beginning. Wait until Melanoma gets his paws on the handles of power

  • mankgaba - 2010-09-23 10:24

    in as much as we will not compromise investigative journalism the tribunal must uphold

  • Henry - 2010-09-23 10:25

    This is what I love about the ANC, they never give facts or figures! Governing a country is a big joke to them!

  • Henry - 2010-09-23 10:25

    This is what I love about the ANC, they never give facts or figures! Governing a country is a big joke to them!

  • Franky 4 Fingers - 2010-09-23 10:33

    So let me get this straight, the corrupt people voted against the corruption busters. There's a massive surpise....

  • Chief Makhamba @siya - 2010-09-23 10:33

    Yo dont know waht you talkin about you moron

  • BlackMan - 2010-09-23 10:39

    Shut up! We are sick of your type that make us look like idiots! Vote ANC next election & see what happens! We will come for you!

  • South african - 2010-09-23 10:41

    The ANC did great to fight for freedom and injustice, but covering corruption amoungst its memebers and protecting it presidents , I have to betray myself and vote Da just to keep the ANC in check by not having too much of power

  • Jac7 - 2010-09-23 10:42

    *Sigh* For once I wish the heads of government would simply do what they were appointed for, which is to run a country. Yes, everybody has an opinion, but how often is a story or comment retracted because of faulty reporting? Gag the media, and corruption is free to continue without any disruption. Their efforts to silence free speech has destroyed what little integrity they had left.

  • Another Charity Case - 2010-09-23 10:44

    Connect the dots please, 120 billion a year for the National health insurance plus this media tribunal. WHAT and atm teller!

  • Joe - 2010-09-23 10:45

    When has the media hurt ordinary people? The only people who are "hurt" by the media are corrupt politicians who are exposed for the opportunistic liars and thieves that they are. How can people like "siya lingani" say it is a good thing for all of SA? Because of ignorance. The ANC relies on ignorance to maintain an electorate. Ignorant people believe their lies and help the fat cats to stay in power and get richer and richer. The ANC is becoming as arrogant and corrupt as the National Party and the electorate will continue to vote for them like sheep just like the whites voted for the NP. Ingnorance is bliss...

  • Veronica - 2010-09-23 10:47

    We all know that this is going to happen, they are now free to do what they want to and block all other parties and critics from broadcasting and newspapers

  • Tania de Wit - 2010-09-23 10:56

    How does the Media hurt ordinary people....this is to stop them hurting the "ANC"...this country is taking large steps backwards witht his and the call for nationalisation......damn we gonna end up like Zimbabwe.....

  • mEmE - 2010-09-23 10:58

    the ANC lost my trust

  • Nuzuko - 2010-09-23 10:58

    We are going to 'educate' all my people in the townships to NOT vote for you. I hope they spit on you when you come into my township. Zuma, ANC you made a mockery of EVERYTHING we fought for!! I will do everything in my power to take away as many votes from you as possible in upcoming election. This is my mission!! Goodbye; Z Nuzuko

  • Phil - 2010-09-23 10:59

    South Africa is following in Zimbabwe's footprint. What a stupid decision!

  • Nuzuko - 2010-09-23 10:59

    We are going to 'educate' all my people in the townships to NOT vote for you. I hope they spit on you when you come into my township. Zuma, ANC you made a mockery of EVERYTHING we fought for!! I will do everything in my power to take away as many votes from you as possible in upcoming election. This is my mission... Goodbye; Z Nuzuko

  • Peter - 2010-09-23 11:06

    Even in the darkest days of apartheid, the press were able to put across the truth. The ANC wants to hide the truth and take us to a Zimbabwe state where those not in power become the real losers. What happened to government by the people for the people. Obviously the ANC does not believe it is answerable to the electorate and can just do what it wants

  • @EndofSA - 2010-09-23 11:11

    Weather you live or you stay wont have any impact..but I will advice you to live as I do have a feeling that we have been living with an Aus citizen..You better be quick to live..

  • anon - 2010-09-23 11:12

    come on ANC...who do you think you are fooling,this is just another means for the likes of the Jackie Selebi's to continue stealing from the poor.You continue enriching yourselves while I head out of SA.Any country is better than AFRICA!!!!

  • jatjarag - 2010-09-23 11:20

    Forward with media tribunal implementation Forward!!

  • mabada - 2010-09-23 11:39

    Ever since this was suggested by the ANC we are starting to see some retract every mondays. We have been paying for cheap JOURNALISM for so long. Dankie ANC

  • DeonL - 2010-09-23 11:48

    The media is not hurting ordinary people, ANC cadres spent too much time in Zimbabwe and wants the same "black out" here as in Zim. This will hinder growth and oversease money flowing to us. In the end the poor will suffer most.

  • Neels - 2010-09-23 12:06

    @siya linganie. I absolutety detest people who always talk for all and everybody in any matter. Speak for yourself

  • nana - 2010-09-23 12:08

    Lets expect a repeat of history in the south African media.Things will go back to the way they where 10 years ago.And one may wonder if the definition of freedom will still remain the same.

  • Francois Smith - 2010-09-23 12:15

    To the other senior delegate mentioned above: Please give us the names of 10 ordinary people that was hurt by the media. Please just 10. Jacob Zuma is not ordinary because 5 in 48 million people alive were presidents, Siphiwe Nyanda in not ordinary because ordinary people don't stay in the fanciest hotel in Cape Town, Julius Malema is not ordinary. Our respected leader is one of few under 30s who can afford an expensive Breitling watch. So please just the name of 10 ordinary people?

  • mengisto - 2010-09-23 12:41

    Let those delegates tell us names of ordinary citizens shamed/wrongfully accused by the newspapers.All we read about in the newspapers since the departure of Mr Mandela is corruption, maladministration, poor state of affairs, etc and that is what they want to protect. I think it is time for employers across the board to start engaging their employees on politics just to get an idea of what they think about the state of the country as it is now and what they think would happen for the future generation. Let's start educating the massess.

  • Tribunal - 2010-09-23 12:47

    The ANC is good at making accusations like "Look, there are too many newspapers which report inaccurately and hurt ordinary people. It can't go on like this" but somehow cannot substantiate them.

    We do not need to control our newspapers nearly as much as we need to control our politicians.

  • Gladys - 2010-09-23 12:49

    I like that they don't name these delegates/ or senior delegates. Typical! a lot of hot air! So, now they waste all this time on talking about nothing...things that should have been done by now. This is so frustrating!

  • Teboho - 2010-09-23 13:33

    HotRod, why do we have ombudsman when we have courts? The answer is.... it is known that the media need to be monitored. In fact at the moment the discourse is no longer whether MAT is necessary or not but how should it be constituted.