Tebogo Msimanga |
Members of the African National Congress (ANC), say they are appalled by the racist behaviour of eNCA journalist, Lindsay Dentlinger, as well as the subsequent statement by eNCA management which sought to justify and condone offensive and deplorable conduct.
ANC’s Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte on Tuesday led a picket at eNCA head offices in Johannesburg as part of a nationwide campaign against the scourge of racism in South Africa.
On the 24th of February 2021, Dentlinger interviewed IFP MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa and told him to keep on his mask while a white colleague was interviewed with no mask on.
ANC said both Dentliger and eNCA have wronged a nation and undermined collective efforts of building a nation on the values of equality and non-racialism.
The ruling party said it will submit a formal complaint to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and the SA Human Rights Commission. “ In addition, we urge ICASA to investigate whether eNCA’s conduct is not inconsistent with its licence conditions.” Read a statement issued by ANC on Tuesday.
ANC said on behalf of their movement and all patriots who value equality and non-racialism, eNCA must withdraw the offensive statement in which they defended Dentlinger.
“ eNCA to send an unconditional apology to all South Africans for the pain and hurt that Dentlinger and eNCA have caused. eNCA to send its journalists and management to human rights training to learn the values of equality and non-racialism”.
ANC reiterated that they demand a response to the above list of demands within 14 days.