The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be laying a complaint against the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) with the South African Human Rights Commission for race baiting.
The DA made the announcement on Saturday 6 March 2021.
This comes at the backdrop of the Lindsay Dentlinger debacle.
The eNCA political journalist sparked a public uproar when video clips on YouTube showed her asking Black Members of Parliament to keep their masks on during an interview while allowing White MPs to speak without a mask.
ANC members staged anti-racism pickets outside eNCA offices across the country following the claims of racism against Dentlinger.
The ANC demanded that the eNCA issues an apology for its statement, defending Dentlinger and also that the organization sends its journalists and staff for human rights training.
The ANC gave eNCA management seven days to respond to their grievances.
EFF demand ‘boycott’ of eNCA
A statement released by the EFF in response to the allegations leveled against Dentlinger, called on South Africans to boycott the eNCA.
“These actions are known as micro-aggressions and reveal a deep-seated disrespect of black people by a news agency the EFF has long identified as a propaganda arm of white monopoly capital. The actions of the journalist vindicate the EFF’s stance, that there is a culture of racism at eNCA.”
“We reiterate our call for the boycotting of this racist news platform, who are handled by Johann Rupert. All self-respecting organizations should follow suit, and never allow themselves to be disrespected by a fake news agency who strike to undermine black people.”-EFF.
The DA has however accused both the ANC and EFF of exploiting racial tensions in South Africa without evidence.
Chief whip Natasha Mazonne said the DA had written to the SAHRC, asking them to investigate the behaviour by the ANC and the EFF.