The Democratic Alliance has this morning filed papers in the South Gauteng High Court against the SABC for its withdrawal of live coverage of the DA Federal Congress in Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend.
The DA alleges that the SABC withdrawal of its live coverage on public television is both contrary to the public interest and contrary to the SABC’s own editorial policy. The National Public Broadcaster must act with political impartiality and must not display bias in its live coverage decisions.
It is manifestly in the public interest that a national elective congress of the Official Opposition in South Africa, representing over 4 million voters, receives coverage by the National Public Broadcaster.
The SABC has, without fail, covered the ANC’s major national events, including extensive live broadcasts of elective and policy conferences, birthday celebrations and lectures. The SABC’s decision to withdraw live coverage of the DA’s Federal Congress, in contrast, is irrational and unreasonable.
Issued by Phumzile van Damme on behalf of DA, Phumzile van Damme is DA’s national spokesperson