ANC claims against newspaper co-regulation 'are nonsense'

The ANC claims to have proof that the Daily Dispatch is working with opposition parties against the ANC.

FILE. The ANC says the co-regulation of newspapers' system wasn't working after it claimed to have proof that the Daily Dispatch was working with opposition parties, against the ANC, in the Eastern Cape. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Press Council of South Africa says claims by the African National Congress (ANC) that co-regulation of newspapers doesn't work, are nonsense.

On Thursday, the political party said the system wasn't working after it claimed to have proof that the Daily Dispatch was working with opposition parties against the ANC, in the Eastern Cape.

The newspaper has denied these claims.

Press Council Executive Director Joe Thloloe says that people who have used their regulatory system are satisfied.

"So far we have had very complimentary statements from people who have participated in our system, including the secretary general of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe."

But the ANC's Zizi Kodwa says there is a problem.

"People use sources, people use gossip, people use unverified, unprocessed information, and it becomes facts in terms of the headlines. And we think that we need to protect the dignity and human rights of individuals."

Meanwhile, the Daily Dispatch says it doesn't know which document Kodwa is talking about when he claims that the paper is working against the ANC.

In a statement this morning, the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it has taken note of a statement by the Daily Dispatch, denying any knowledge of such a document or plans.

Sanef went on to say it awaits the opportunity to be briefed by the ANC on the matter.

To read the full statement, _ click here_.