UDM awaiting feedback from BCCSA over eNCA reporters alleged racial conduct

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The United Democratic Movement (UDM) says they are eagerly awaiting feedback from the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA), following an official complaint filed with the commission against eNCA.

This complaint follows eNCA reporter Lindsay Dentlinger’s alleged racial conduct in applying COVID-19 protocols during a recent live broadcast at Parliament.

Dentlinger allegedly asked black members of Parliament to wear masks before interviewing them while she did not do the same for their white counterparts.

UDM’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa was one of the MPs who was asked to wear a mask during his interview with Dentlinger.

Kwankwa says there’s no amount of apology, whether public or private, that will make them withdraw their complaint from the BCCSA and South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

He says, “The apology is fine but it’s too little too late because l felt like they were pressured by the public and embarrassed by the incident in order to apologise, so it was not entirely sincere but I didn’t blame it on Lindsay because l saw it’s the management of the eNCA that has failed dismally…”

“We took them to task even about the statement they issued. We told them how arrogant and how disrespectful it was. We made it clear that if they were to issue a public apology, it’s South Africans who forced them to take an about-turn and apologies. But our focus should be to stay with the BCCSA complaint we have lodged against eNCA and to the Human Rights Commission, those entities would be able to guide a way forward,” added Kwankwa.

On Wednesday the UDM said it held a fruitful meeting with eNCA management over the conduct of Dentlinger.

In conversation with UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa on eNCA, Lindsay Dentlinger mask furore:

List of demands by ANC:

  • 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
  • eNCA must publicly acknowledge its history of mistreating its black journalists, some of whom have been forced out by the racially intolerable conditions at eNCA.
  • eNCA to issue an unambiguous commitment that it will no longer tolerate racism within its ranks and to do something practical that will demonstrate genuine remorse on its part.
  • The leadership and journalists of eNCA to engage in a process of thorough soul-searching and to confront their own racism and racial prejudice

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