Cosatu calls for eNCA to fire embattled news boss Kanthan Pillay
The news channel on Thursday said it was investigating Pillay after he took to Twitter comparing senior political journalist Samkele Maseko to a rat and the SABC to a sinking ship.
The news channel on Thursday said it was investigating Pillay after he took to Twitter comparing senior political journalist Samkele Maseko to a rat and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to a sinking ship.
This came after Maseko resigned from eNCA and announced that he would be joining the public broadcaster.
The disrespect you have for an African Black Child is appalling, you have no sense of appreciation none whatsoever. We are not here to play politics and settle political scores with the EFF like you are doing. Busy sensoring political talk and instructing things to taken of air https://t.co/qnKkpnGoX4— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 18, 2019
Do you want me to speak about how you instructed that @MYANC MP Bongani Bhongo be sensored by removing all the allegations he made at Minister Pravin Gordhan? What happened to a simple journalism principle of two sides to a story? Getting both parties to answer for themselves https://t.co/qnKkpnGoX4— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 18, 2019
Do want me to speak about how you threw me out of the @eNCA building like a dog who had stolen something....... How you came to my desk and said I should pack my shit and follow you to HR. You are heartless and unethical. Denying some a chance to serve a notice period https://t.co/qnKkpnGoX4— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 18, 2019
Listen here and listen good, you may be pulling strings there at @eNCA but you will refer to your family as Rats and not Black African Children. Settle your political scores using eNCA but disrespect us for dumping ship led by a failed politician. https://t.co/qnKkpnGoX4— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 18, 2019
Want to speak about how you canned an SAA story saying a journalist is an imbongi of the workers, wanting Journalists to find faults with workers at all costs whilst protecting bosses. https://t.co/qnKkpnGoX4— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) December 18, 2019
On Thursday, Pillay apologised to Maseko, his colleagues, and the SABC.
eNCA made news for all the wrong reasons. We will never tolerate victimisation of anyone. We do not condone or tolerate censorship. @janedutton and @xolimngambi have all the latest news on #SAMorning Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/DQYblaemig— eNCA (@eNCA) December 20, 2019
Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said that was not good enough.
“What he has exposed is a situation where we now doubt whether what is being done to hold the powerful accountable is actually honest. What we are witnessing here is a political power play and our position as the federation is that if eNCA wants to gain some credibility, they need to get rid of this man,” Pamla said.
Meanwhile, Maseko on Friday said the conversation on employee rights should be opened up to the entire corporate environment and not just the media fraternity.
He was speaking during an interview on the Eusebius McKaiser Show on 702.
Maseko said corporate culture for all industries needs to be revisited.
“Not just in the private sector but also the public sector. It’s not only an issue of the media fraternity but corporate South Africa as a whole and the world,” he said.
At the same time, the African National Congress (ANC) said it was shocked by censorship allegations at eNCA and wanted the Human Rights Commission and Press Ombudsman to probe the abuse of journalists in newsrooms.
The governing party also called on journalists at the channel who've been ill-treated to speak out.
“The suppression of journalists in the newsroom and the deafening silence is tantamount to the silencing of press freedom, which the media demands but dismally fails to uphold in relation to their own journalists,” ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said.