The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, requesting that an urgent inquiry be instituted in opposition to 24-hour information broadcaster, eNCA, and the organisation’s political reporter, Lindsay Dentlinger.
The get together is accusing Dentlinger of practising anti-Black racism in opposition to Members of Parliament on nationwide TV, inside the Parliamentary precinct.
“The ENCA racism event followed the sitting of the National Assembly on 24 February to hear the Budget Speech by the Minister of Finance. After the sitting, eNCA, live on Television, through its journalists Lindsay Dentlinger, racially discriminated against Black MPs, demanding them to wear masks, whilst it allowed White MPs to speak on their platform without wearing masks,” says the get together.
The EFF says Dentlinger has violated Section 9.4 of the nation’s Constitution, saying her actions are a direct assault on the appropriate to fairness as delineated in that part.
The get together desires Parliament to advantageous or ban Dentlinger from the parliamentary precinct. It additionally desires her employer both eliminated, fined or banned from the precinct for defending her actions after it mentioned Dentlinger’s actions weren’t racially motivated nor had malicious intent.
“In essence, the eNCA abused MPs on our precinct and has refused to acknowledge this harm, despite calls by the general public to do so. In the name of the constitution, parliament and the people of South Africa the Speaker must not allow racism to occur with impunity,” it says.
UDM Youth abhorred
UDM MP, Nqobizitha Kwankwa, was one of many MPs Dentlinger requested to place up their masks.
The organisation’s youth wing says it was abhorred by the incident.
“It is disrespectful and arrogant of eNCA to find excuses to justify behaviour that continuously leaves the nation wounded. The South African Human Rights Commission, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, the South African National Editors’ Forum and Parliament must act and should they fail to hold eNCA accountable, it would result in South Africans losing faith in them,” says the UDM Youth Vanguard.
On Friday, civil rights organisation, #NotInMyNameInternational, picketed outdoors the eNCA headquarters in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
They demanded that Dentlinger be fired or suspended.
The group left after a meeting with the company’s administration, who mentioned they had been probing the matter.
— #NOTINMYNAME INTERNATIONAL (@NotInMyNameINT) February 26, 2021
It just isn’t the primary time the media organisation is dealing with backlash over perceived racism on the company. Among others, in 2016, employees revolted over the company’s coverage, which didn’t enable journalists to put on doeks on air. The coverage has since been reversed.
Genuine transformation of media can solely occur with media employees main from the entrance, enjoying a constructive function in forcing administration to account for their actions. Media employees shouldn’t take part in PR with a view to cleanse the organisation of its sins.
— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola (@phakxx) February 26, 2021