ANC takes 'City Press' to ombudsman

The party says the paper had an agenda against it and fabricated a story about Cyril Ramaphosa.

A screenshot of the article the ANC says was fabricated by the 'City Press' newspaper. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - The ruling party on Thursday said it will take the City Press newspaper to the ombudsman following a report on ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

According to the publication, Seshego residents in Limpopo gave Ramaphosa a cold welcome during a registration drive campaign in the area.

In its article on Sunday, City Press said Ramaphosa was jeered by residents and one local even refused to shake his hand.

Seshego is newly-formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's home town.

The ANC says it's convinced the story is part of an agenda by the publication.

In a statement on Monday, the ANC said the report was "concocted and sensationalised".

The ruling party says it suspects someone else in the newsroom wrote the story as it was not possible that the reporter on the ground made up the events.

The ANC's Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said, "All other media have covered the story correctly. We, as the ANC, feel that it is necessary to take this matter up with the ombudsman because it prejudices us and it really casts our organisation and the deputy president in a bad light."

She says this kind of report is part of a pattern by the newspaper.

"It's not the first time that various media houses, and the City Press in particular, have distorted what has transpired either at an ANC gathering or around issues that have been reported on."

In its statement, the party praised a similar article in The Star newspaper which it said was a far better reflection of the truth.

"We applaud The Star and other media houses who upheld basic journalistic principles of truthfulness, accuracy and objectivity, which the City Press has long abandoned when reporting on ANC matters."