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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

CONCERNING SABC PARTISANSHIP

STATEMENT BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY

The UDM is disgusted by the biased coverage of political parties that SABC has chosen to give during this important stage preceding the election.  As one of the most pervasive vehicles of the media in South Africa, it is the duty of SABC to help level the playing field by providing equal and objective exposure for all participants.  While SABC claims that this is their intention, their actions have proven otherwise.

The latest and most blatant example of SABC’s partisanship occurred this week over the upcoming episode of Face the Nation , on which Bantu Holomisa was scheduled to appear.  On Tuesday, I spoke with the SABC Deputy Editor of the Election Task Team, Amina Frense, to confirm Mr. Holomisa’s participation in the programme’s debate, and she did so.  Then on Wednesday, after receiving several convoluted messages from his secretary, Phil Molefe called me at 6 o’clock in the evening to inform me that Mr. Holomisa would not be allowed to appear on Face the Nation.  Mr. Molefe did not give any reason for this decision, which apparently had been made by him alone
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On behalf of all the parties and viewers who have suffered from SABC’s biased coverage, the UDM demands that this unacceptable situation be rectified.  The station’s political agenda has become obvious.  We will be bringing this specific incident before the IBA, and our legal team is preparing to present this case to the Election Court.

Enquiries
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Actin
g National Secretary

28 May 1999

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