EFF slams SABC call-in election rules

2016-03-01 22:30
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Cape Town - The EFF tried to table a motion slamming the SABC's new rules on open lines ahead of the elections during a session in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

EFF MP Hlengiwe Maxon said this represented a move to close up public spaces because open lines gave a chance for ordinary voices to be heard.

The ANC objected to the motion, and it fell away. 

On Sunday, City Press and Sunday Times reported that SABC staff had been instructed to limit the topics allowed on some open lines.

Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said it was not a ban, but that only journalists would be allowed to handle election-related calls because they were equipped to do so.

Maxon called on the SABC "to stop violating freedom of speech" and asked the Independent Communications Authority of SA to investigate.

This mirrors a similar call by the DA on Sunday.

The EFF said earlier it would be in the National Assembly for the debate on the DA's proposed motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, but that it would not participate in the debate, just in other matters.

This was because they were waiting for the Constitutional Court to rule on its application which contended that Zuma violated his oath of office over his approach to the Public Protector's report on the R246m spent on his home in Nkandla.

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