SABC rubbishes election coverage as DA goes to court


The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has rebuked allegations made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) regarding coverage of the party’s elective conference in Port Elizabeth this weekend, saying it never promised to cover the event on mainstream television.

In a statement yesterday, DA Federal Chairperson, James Selfe, said that the broadcaster had undertaken to show two hours of outgoing leader Helen Zille’s opening and closing address, before retracting the promise on Friday. Selfe has since announced that the party will file an application in the Johannesburg High Court to have the broadcaster show the event.

SABC Spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago has however stated that coverage was allocated for its 24-hour news channel on DSTV and not on SABC2 as demanded by the party.

According to news wire agency RDM, DA Director of Communications for Provinces, Matthew Gerstner, said that the party received two calls from the office of suspended SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, informing them that no coverage on terrestrial television would be provided.

It was yesterday reported that Selfe called Motsoeneng to clarify matters with the SABC boss merely asking him to phone back on Friday.


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