Debora Patta apologises to student


Debora Patta, the producer and presenter of the current affairs programme 3rd Degree, has apologised to the FF+ youth leader she accused of racism, a report said.

Patta made the apology to Chrisna de Kock on Tuesday night during her programme on e.tv, the Beeld said.

De Kock is the vice-president of the Student Representative Council on the campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).

A video made by four white UFS students last year sparked outrage as it depicted black workers taking part in an initiation-like ritual which included kneeling to eat food into which a student had allegedly urinated.

During the interview on 3rd Degree aired on May 25, e.tv spokesman Vasili Vass said it was put to De Kock that she was a racist. She denied this.

The FF Plus submitted a complaint to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) about Patta's treatment of De Kock during the interview.

"During the interview with Ms De Kock, Ms Patta came across very aggressively and did not give Ms De Kock an opportunity to answer on her allegations of racism," said FF Plus parliamentary spokesman Anton Alberts in a statement.

"The information which Ms Patta used was also factually incorrect, but she nonetheless used it as a platform to place Ms De Kock, Afrikaners and the FF Plus in a negative light."

Alberts called on Patta and e.tv to apologise ahead of the BCCSA hearing.

The broadcaster and Patta agreed to do so.

All charges against Patta and the programme were dropped. - Sapa, IOL


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