CAPE TOWN - After a meeting with the Sports ministry, SARU and DSTV, Cosatu reaffirmed that it will continue with the protest disrupting this Saturday match between Springboks and All Blacks.
The federation claims that government should have allowed from the word go, a deal between SARU and DSTV that will not sideline the majority of South Africans.
"It is unacceptable that only 20% of SA people can watch the game live on DSTV," Cosatu said in a statement.
The meeting is believed to have ended in deadlock and expected to reconvene on Friday.
Late in September, raised demands that all sports matches, with a special focus on rugby matches, should be broadcasted live on SABC TV. Cosatu felt that, the South African poor and younger community is deprived a privilege of seeing their inspirational sports stars.
The SABC made it clear that this matter is totally out of their hand. SABC spokesperson said this is not a case of just taking cameras to the field, the sports federations sell the broadcasting rights and they are expensive.
"Unfortunately, the public broadcaster cannot to afford to buy all broadcasting rights considering its revenue," SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago said.
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