Sanef: Parly broadcast policy disappointing

The Western Cape High Court ruled that Parliament’s current broadcast policy should stay as is.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says it's disappointed by the Western Cape High Court ruling that Parliament's current broadcast policy should stay as is.

A bench of three High Court judges were split on the decision with two ruling in favour of National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Sanef, Primedia and several other organisations approached the High Court, arguing certain sections of Parliament's policy in particular the so-called 'disorder clause' were unconstitutional.

The challenge was mounted after the camera feeds in the house were kept on the speaker and the chair of the National Council of Provinces, and didn't show the removal of Economic Freedom Fighters parliamentarians by police in plain clothes during a chaotic State of the Nation Address (Sona) in February.

Sanef chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela said, "We are still convinced that Parliament has no right to deny the people of South Africa their right to see what is happening in Parliament. It doesn't matter what Parliament officials think of it, whether it's bad or not bad, all South Africans deserve to know what's happening in their Parliament."