Sunday , August 1 2021

The minister apologizes for a "quarrel" with journalists during the start of the ANC EC manifest

Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams made an apology after a quarrel with journalists when they reported on protest actions on Saturday in the eastern cape on the eastern cape in Frere county in the Eastern Cape district.

"I would like to give you a sincere apology for an earlier dispute with some members of the media at the ANC Party in Mount Frereju while I tried to stop my comrades," Ndabeni-Abrahams said in a statement released on her official Twitter account.

"I want to make sure media and South Africans are committed to the freedom of the media. I sincerely regret the incident," she added.

According to the citizen, a group of people wearing Regal ANC was interrupted by the cashier of the party Paul Mashatile in her speech at the beginning of the electoral manifesto.

The publication reported that the group sang battle songs and raised posters about poor delivery of services.

Ndabeni-Abrahams said: "Why would you report to people who are wrong?"

SABC reported that Ndabeni-Abrahams turned to his video journalist who tried to take a picture of protesters.

Minister put his hands in front of the camera and told the journalist not to take pictures.

Meanwhile, the South African National Editorial Forum (Sanef) condemned the actions of Ndabeni-Abrahams.

"SANEF saw a video clip that was also broadcast on television stations, indicating that the minister prevented journalists from covering the protest and instructing them to cover what they came for and not give coverage to" people who they are not OK, "he said in a statement.

"While we find that the minister apologized for the apology, we are worried that her conduct is called a" quarrel ".

"According to the sectoral portfolio of the minister, which refers in particular to SABC, we would like to have an urgent meeting with her to discuss the matter and our concerns."

SANEF said it was worried that attacks on journalists would intensify. The Forum called on political parties and those who were elected not to lead "journalists as a market in their political struggle and / or concealment of corruption".

"If any person, organization or political party feels really affected by a story or action taken by the media, we should follow the proper channels to deal with our complaints," he said.

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