By BO Staff Writer
On Saturday 23 September 2017 the ANCWL issued a statement strongly condemning the patriarchal attitude of the SABC towards Dr Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. It pointed out, inter alia, that although the SABC is mandated “to contribute to democracy, development of society, gender equality, nation building, provision of education and strengthening the spiritual and moral fibre of society”, it is nonetheless clear that the news channel “has been co-opted by the advocates of patriarchy and cheerleaders of male chauvinism to run a malicious and barbaric agenda that is aimed at stripping off the dignity and identity of Cde Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma”.
The SABC subsequently apologised on 24 September 2017 for what it said were “recent mistakes on (their) news bulletins”, and indicated that that “these mistakes were demeaning to Dr Dlamini Zuma”. The SABC has also given an assurance that the matter will be fully investigated and addressed.
Black opinion is reissuing below the statements of both the ANCWL and the SABC:
Full statement of ANCWL
“23 September 2017
ANCWL STATEMENT ON SABC TV NEWS PATRIARCHAL ATTITUDES
The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has noted with disgust that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) TV news has degenerated into being a proponent of patriarchy and cheerleaders of male chauvinism.
The Broadcasting Act 4 of 1999 (as amended) mandates the SABC to contribute to democracy, development of society, gender equality, nation building, provision of education and strengthening the spiritual and moral fibre of society. However, it is evident that SABC TV News has been co-opted by the advocates of patriarchy and cheerleaders of male chauvinism to run a malicious and barbaric agenda that is aimed at stripping off the dignity and identity of Cde Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma .
The SABC TV News has lately been labelling Cde Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as “Mini-Zuma” and “Zuma ex-wife”. Cde Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a medical doctor by profession. She served as the first female Chairperson of the African Union. She is the former Minister of Home Affairs, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Minister of Health and currently a Member of Parliament in National Assembly. She served as member of the Gender Advisory Committee during the negotiations at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa.
The SABC TV News and its patriachist masters must appreciate that Cde Dr Nkosazana has been in the forefront in the struggle for liberation of the people of South Africa and she received the Order Of Luthuli Award in Gold for her contribution to the liberation struggle in South Africa. She has been selflessly serving within the structures of the ANC and never left the organisation. No amount of malicious attacks by praise singers of patriarchy and advocates of male chauvinism will erase her struggle and academic credentials.
The ANCWL is also appalled by the silence of the Commission of Gender Equality (CGE) when a public broadcaster is intensify it’s gender oppression programs and reducing Cde Dr Nkosazana as nothing but “Mini-Zuma” and “Zuma ex-wife”. The ANCWL’s expectations on CGE is that it is a body that has to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality. The deafening silence of the CGE on this matter is very loud for the ANCWL to question the understanding of the functions of CGE by the CGE Commissioners and the staff.
The ANCWL demands that the Ministry of women be vocal and condemn this barbaric malicious agenda by SABC TV News. Furthermore, the ANCWL demands that the Minister of Communications in her capacity as a shareholder representative at SABC demand answers from the SABC Board on this matter. Any SABC management conniving with forces to assassinate the character of Cde Dr Nkosazana must be exposed and be expelled from the SABC structures by the SABC Board.
The ANCWL under the leadership of President Cde Bathabile Dlamini and the collective calls on all its members and supporters to continue mobilising, organising and uniting South African Women to participate in the struggle for the liberation of all oppressed groups.
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa”
Text of SABC apology
SABC APOLOGIZES TO DR NKOSAZANA DLAMINI-ZUMA
Johannesburg, Sunday, 24 September 2017- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to apologize to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for the recent mistakes on our news bulletins. We believe that these mistakes were demeaning to Dr Dlamini Zuma.
In early August this year when Dr Dlamini Zuma’s name was spelled incorrectly, the SABC apologized and regarded this to be a human error. More recently, one of our news headlines referred to her as an ex-wife, rather than using her name. This was sexist and wrong. The flippant response from the SABC spokesperson when asked about this was equally insulting.
The Interim Board and Management of the SABC view this matter in a serious light and are dealing with it with the urgency it deserves. The Directors of the SABC have since instructed News management to investigate the matter thoroughly and urgently in order to get to the bottom of it and ensure that the SABC remains non-partisan. The statement by the SABC Spokesperson will also form part of this investigation and both the Board and Management remain committed to taking whatever steps are deemed necessary in dealing with both the initial mistake and the consequent erroneous response. As a public service broadcaster, the SABC remains committed to serving South Africa and the African continent diligently in fostering a non-sexist and non-racist approach to our coverage of events here and elsewhere as expected of us.
Ms Nomsa Philiso
SABC Acting Group Chief Executive officer (AGCEO)
082 560 9459