“Broadcasting Amendment Bill has Apartheid hallmarks” - EFF


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described the submitting of the Department of Communication’s controversial Broadcasting Amendment Bill, which seeks the removal of Parliament’s involvement in the appointing of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board members, as an attempt by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to turn South Africa into a totalitarian state.

Speaking in a statement, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the passing of the bill would make it virtually impossible for Parliament to hold President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet accountable, adding that it would also turn the public broadcaster into a state run entity as only Zuma and embattled Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, would decide who to appoint.

“If those who preside over the SABC depend solely on cabinet to be appointed, cabinet can suppress criticism, particularly journalistic, creative and programming criticism on its role in society by simply appointing those who agree with it,” Ndlozi said.

“This bill is therefore an apartheid move, a fascist totalitarianism seeking to monopolise the running of the people’s broadcasting services to government”.

He also stated that the bill goes against the fundamentals of transformation, and that its tabling is a clear indication of the ruling party “selling out” the principles of the Freedom Charter.

“[The bill] is the final pin in the coffin of state owned and controlled propaganda machinery alongside the Gupta owned media platforms that all sell government agenda with the aim to collapse the difference between the state and the party,” Ndlozi said.

“ It must be rejected because without parliament, people like Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who are unqualified to hold positions they occupy, will be increased in the leadership of the SABC solely because they want to kill independent journalism within the public broadcaster and stop all criticism on the government of the day”.