Zuma: Parly signal jamming will never happen again
The president says signal jamming during the Sona last week was uncalled for.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has assured the media that cellphone signal jamming in Parliament will never happen again.
Before the start of his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week, there was no signal in the National Assembly.
Journalists and editors launched into an unprecedented protest over the communication blackout.
Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) also took up the call of "Bring Back the Signal" in solidarity with the media.
The president met with the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria this morning to discuss the aftermath of his Sona on Thursday last week.
After a two-hour meeting, Zuma reiterated that the signal jamming was wrong.
He says while the issues were clarified by ministers, he felt it was important to discuss the matter in person with editors.
"Rest assured, that will never happen again. We did not know about it and we're condemning it. It was uncalled for. Of course we've also discussed the relationship between government and Sanef in particular, and the media in general."
Zuma says it was a frank and friendly discussion and he believes the Presidency should communicate with Sanef as often as possible.
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