Buthelezi: SABC keeping me off the screen

2012-09-14 22:15

Johannesburg - IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi demanded equal news coverage for political parties at a protest march outside the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in Johannesburg on Friday.

He accused the broadcaster of blatantly "snubbing the Inkatha Freedom Party, and keeping him off the screen".

"The SABC should be the voice of the people... [But] its ANC, ANC everywhere you look," said Buthelezi.

"We are not here to fight. We are here to demand fairness for all South Africans."

SABC chairperson Ben Ngubane received a memorandum of understanding from the IFP crowd.

Addressing Ngubane, Buthelezi said they had exhausted all other avenues.

"It's not surprising [that the SABC gives preference] to the ruling party, but it's wrong," Buthelezi said.

The state broadcaster also made the news this week following a union statement that former African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema -- a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma -- had been banned from the airways.

Buthelezi criticised the ANC for having the power to hand-pick SABC board members and accused them of always picking ANC members.

He stated that the sidelining of the IFP had a long history and alleged that even (the late) Prime Minister PW Botha had once issued an order for him and his party to be left out of state broadcasts.

Ngubane accepted the memorandum and welcomed the IFP demonstrators.

"This is your SABC and we welcome you," said Ngubane.

He denied however, that they had received complaints from the IFP before.

"We have never seen these issues you [claim to have submitted]... But we will work together [to resolve them]," he said.

Ngubane stressed that they needed to learn to separate politics and government issues as the national broadcaster.

"We need to do justice and not be biased."

The 84-year-old Buthelezi led over a thousand IFP supporters on the five kilometer walk from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to the SABC studios.

The protesters, many of whom wear dressed in IFP T-shirts and Zulu traditional outfits, had come in buses from all across the province.

"Buthelezi leads us," they sang as they marched through the CBD.

  • cordelianoxolo - 2012-09-14 22:45

    The country is under siege n he is worried abt his popularity!!mxm

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-15 07:28

      We don't want to see this clown, Boetielazy, on TV. He gave back the ANC the votes that they lost to other parties during the 2009 election. He is an agent of the ANC, thus if Zuma is shown, he is shown. Give way to new leadership in the IFP please. For all in SA's sake, you clown.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-09-15 08:02

      Ja but he is still earning a moerse klomp geld because of his BBEEE status.

      mlungisi.magada - 2012-09-15 19:44

      Umntwana has always been a crybaby.He does not make any news but he wants to reported on.When he is obliged he claims that the media is trying to wipe out his legacy(five member IFP).And now he is disrepecting the "groot krokodil".Talk about biting the hand that fed you.AWUNAMAHLONI mNTWANA.

  • teleki.maker - 2012-09-14 22:49

    Buthelezi,be JUJU's counterpart u will get media coverage.Give him money to join ur party.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-14 22:54

    The sabc only cover democratic porties for now. Nothing has been said about tribal gatherings

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-15 07:29

      You must read a bit more, Mzwandile. The IFP is represented in parliament.

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-15 09:54

      anc is tribal verging on prehistoric...

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-14 23:07

    JZ already explained how Democracy works, ZA-style. If you're in the majority you have a say and if you're in the minority, you don't. Apparently this is what you all struggled for

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-15 07:47

      The reason we have the system we have is because the ANC is now a dictatorship. The fact that there are other parties is only window dressing. They are rich and powerful and openly show their disregard for other partied.

  • yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-14 23:35

    Its a pity this shameful party is associated with the Zulus in general, there you talk bad about their president or you wear anc coloures especial you get killed, they say ANC is for the Xhosas so you a traitor,hence you must die, SABC for the 1st time from me,thumbs up, I hope Mugabe Buthelezi will use this to announce his stepping down maybe our forefathers would be pleased to see their once beloved party run KZN once more

      yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-15 00:05

      Welcome troll keep on thuming down me with your traditional weapons n defend your daddy

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-15 04:46

      yangman you are funny but you sound very stupid and you are a real sad story.year 2012 you do not have a black and white tv or the cheapest radio.You do not even read the simple daily sound like the people who have spent all their lives sitting in the township street corners discussing things their own way instead of getting education and be critical when discussing things.You do not even know that Zuma is Zulu and that there is huge numbers of ANC supporters in KZN.who is your president? to you it is still Thabo Mbeki because you never read.The ANC in North West and Mpumalanga has shot more members than in KZN than any other provinces.Mind you swazis live in mpumalanga and twanas and sothos in north west.Go to school and you will know that it is more dangerous to be a member of ANC today because your own comrates will soon kill you for positions and tenders. Tribalist uneducated imbecile sick freak.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-14 23:52

    Buthelezi ur 2old for politics give young blood chance to prove themselves .sabc is 4the a list not old folks

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-09-15 00:01

    Het jul al mooi gaan dink hoe media monopoliee ons totale politieke denke manipuleer. Bv SABC is ANC en media 24 met al sy Afrikaanse koerante is DA. So swart bevolking kyk Sabc en sal dus altyd dink soos die Meesters v SABC wil he moet dink. Net so sal blankes dink soos Meesters van DA wil he moet dink. Ek haat dit want ek wil vir myself kan dink! Dit is dan ook hoekom ek nie een van die twee partye steun nie.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-15 01:18

    Dinosaurs are kept in the Museum of ancient history. I don't see SABC reporting about them.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-09-15 01:42

    4 such an old man marching for 5km is nt good 4 his health because of attention,this is a tym he should spent his last days @ old age home rather thn gallavanting de streets,Shenge please stay @ home like Madiba n pass de reigns to ada members

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-15 04:28

      hes got children so he will not go to old age do not throw away their elders.not in our blood...bear that in mind sir.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-09-16 07:25

      But they throw their children out?

      Msika - 2012-09-16 07:59

      I agree with Eric, black people do not get rid of their elders by trowing them at some old age home...we take care of our elders until their last days on earth.

  • hummy.ramukhuvhathi - 2012-09-15 02:20

    SABC stop being bulled and show us everything that is making headlines even if is OUR JUJU MELIMA please show us.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-15 04:24

    I think they should give all parties a chance. Buthelezi has always been sidelined because people said he had killed more black people than whites. But the ruling party seems to be nearing the guiness record as the first party to murder scores while there is no war in the country.they kill their own leaders, they kill just about anyone.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-09-15 07:18

      Africa is not for sissies....

      thulani.mthalane - 2012-09-15 07:40

      our country is in the mess,democratic rights are infringed,people are killed by politics,schools are destroyed ,service delivery i dragging, political parties are denied freedom of press.most politians are very corrupt,most grassroot people are very happy with the situation,when members of a political party are killing one another its easy for other political party members to perhaps kill.

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-09-16 16:25

      Yes dnxumalo! This is the only good and fair comment I hv read so far on this forum.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-09-15 04:48

    Difficult this : how do you dicice which parties can get airtime? I recall that during 1994 elections there were about 50 parties contesting.

  • Zukile Marcus - 2012-09-15 07:04

    that was good for exercise call it a 5km fun walk

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-09-15 07:13

    I thought this old fossil was in his gold-filled retiremant home? Reminds me of 'my day' on the farm, when we slagt a chicken. You cut off its head but the body kept running....I say let him talk, never mind that he had his time in 1994. Shame old man.....whatsup?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-15 07:55

    Buthelezi was quite simply the finest statesman this country has ever produced, sidelined by people vastly his inferiors.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-15 10:23

      The Truth Commission dug out shocking human rights atrocities committed by this “finest leader.” He was and remains an intolerant, brutal and despotic bantustan leader. No wonder he treats the IFP as his own personal property

      mlungisi.magada - 2012-09-15 19:56

      Superior only to you pal.Why didn'y u march with him or did u?

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-09-15 08:08

    Lol...Old man, if your party actions are not making news then u are off, SABC is not Political Broadcasting Co-operation...they chose news that will interest people... \News worthy\ don't expect it to report Pension pay days.....make news tamkhulu

  • mfundoj1 - 2012-09-15 08:40

    Honorable Buthelezi u to old to be walking such long distances. Let the younger guys take over now

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-09-15 09:13

    Wow Joke of de month impressive...Wen old age kicks in neh...piece of advice b relevant..go to marikana

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-15 09:45

    you should not worry Mr. Buthelezi we are still seeing you on ETV, so its the SABC loss anyway

  • Nqobile Dludla - 2012-09-15 10:54

    Well its no suprise because SABC is state owned and the state is predominantly ANC, so their invisible hand influences the manner in which news are framed on SABC news. As much as journalists and reporters claim to be objective, it is quite impossible because their organizational structures are influenced by external and internal ownership such as shareholders.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-15 11:31

    The SABC has never been the voice of the people. It always cow towed to the ruling party. The past, the present, there is no difference.

  • karabo.phetoane.9 - 2012-09-15 12:08

    If he wants to appear more on SABC he must get a job as a presenter in one of their shows or he must be a model,he will be assured airtime.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-15 12:21

    Eh eh eh eh Eish. Normal butalazy speech.

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-15 12:24

    What makes you think we would like to see your ugly old face 1stly give the younger lads a chance and let go of power 2ndly we havent forgotten how you conspired with the whites against your own people so why would the masses want to see your face.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-15 13:21

    Hey Boet..why worry... who watches SABC anyway??Certainly not thinking South Africans.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-09-16 11:10

    I never could understand a word Gatsha is saying. I think thats why he is not getting any air time

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