EFF condemns eNCA doek policy

The news channel reportedly canned a report by Nontobeko Sibisi because she wore a doek.

FILE: The Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused eNCA of being colonial, anti-black and censoring black women, after the broadcaster allegedly canned a story on Africa Day because the reporter was wearing a doek (head wrap).

An email sent by arts and entertainment reporter Nontobeko Sibisi was leaked on social media and has since gone viral.

In the email she expresses her disappointment, and calls the move to pull her story from screening an "unjustifiable injustice".

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says eNCA's policy must be changed as it counts as censorship.

"A doek is part of who we are and eNCA must be dismissed as one of the institutions which is withholding white supremacy and [making black people inferior]."

Meanwhile, the news channel says it's reviewing its policy related to headgear for reporters, adding that the issue of the doek is a symptom of a larger call for change.

News director Mapi Mhlangu says, "Consultative processes between employees and managers are underway dealing with this, amongst many questions facing journalists and media professionals every day. We are working towards making sure South Africans see progressive values reflected in their broadcast news."

LISTEN: Simphiwe Dana weighs in on the doek debate.

Earlier today social media supported the reporter by posting pictures of themselves wearing doeks under the hashtags #DoekForNonto, #RespekTheDoek and #DoekGate:

She replied, thanking South Africans for their support.