ANC to submit complaint to BCCSA, SAHRC over eNCA journo's mask incident

The ANC's Jessie Duarte has also urged Icasa to investigate whether eNCA's conduct was inconsistent with its licence conditions.

ANC members protest outside the eNCA head office in Hydepark following claims of racism against the media house's senior journalist Lindsay Dentlinger on 2 March 2021. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) said that it would now submit a formal complaint to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding the eNCA mask saga.

On Tuesday, a group of ANC members picketed outside the media house's head office in Hydepark against the behaviour of senior journalist Lindsay Dentlinger last week.

She asked black MPs to keep their masks on while allowing white MPs to be interviewed by the TV channel without a mask.

The ANC's Jessie Duarte has also urged Icasa to investigate whether eNCA's conduct was inconsistent with its licence conditions.

"It must not be understood that we are here today because we do not believe in freedom of the media. We do and we will be the first to fight anyone who does not agree that we must have a free media in this country. Our people died for that goal."

They handed over a list of their grievances to the eNCA management.

The media group's representative, Norman Munzhelele: "eNCA does not exist in a vacuum, eNCA exists in South Africa which is a constitutional democracy and eNCA commits itself to contribute to building a non-racial, non-sexist, united and democratic South Africa."

THE ANC’S DEMANDS TO ENCA

The ANC has given eNCA six demands which include apologising to all South Africans for the pain and hurt caused by the company and senior journalist Dentilinger.

The party wants eNCA to withdraw its statement in which it defends Dentlinger and insists that her behaviour did not amount to racism.

It also wants the entire team - from journalists to management - to go for diversity training.

The party also insisted that the broadcaster should do "soul-searching" and confront their own racism and prejudice.

The ANC's Jessie Duarte said that they also wanted eNCA to show they were remorseful.

“eNCA is to issue an unambiguous statement that it will no longer allow racism within its ranks and to do something practical to show genuine remorse on its part.”

The party is also urging other media houses to take a firm stand against racism.

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