Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema lashed out at TV news channel eNCA for their alleged bias in reporting.
Malema accused it of being biased towards the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the build-up to the August 3 municipal elections. He also accused the station of being racist, and threatened that the party might have to mount a protest at the station before elections.
“I think we should teach this racist @eNCA a lesson by paying them a visit with the masses before elections because of their bias to @Our_DA,” said Malema.
This is the second time in a week the channel finds itself under fire. This after one of eNCA’s employees complained about the station’s policy that allegedly prevents its employees from wearing doeks during broadcasts. The station’s line editor took a decision to remove footage of reporter Nontobeko Sibisi wearing a doek on air.
After the news broke, a new social media trend of women (and me ) wearing doeks in support of Nontobeko circulated, with pictures of them wearing doeks in support under the hashtag #DoekForNonto.
In an interview with News24, eNCA editor-in-chief for Anton Harber said there were no issues with Sibisi wearing a doek and that the segment had been aired. He had, however, earlier stated that eNCA indeed had a policy prohibiting headgear, which he said might be “too old”. Harber has only recently started working at the channel.
Several attempts to reach eNCA for comment were unsuccessful. The Citizen will continue to reach out to the eNCA for further comment.