Johannesburg - IFP has accused the SABC of delaying its Siyanqoba rally in Ulundi, Zululand, as the public broadcaster has prioritised airing the live ANC rally in Johannesburg addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
IFP spokesperson Liezl van der Merwe said initial arrangement was that the IFP’s final push rally would be broadcast live from 1pm. After negotiations with the public broadcaster to start the rally an hour later, which also did not happen, the SABC later told the party that it can only accommodate it 3pm after Ramaphosa’s speech in Ellis Park Stadium and later EFF’s rally in Orlando Stadium.
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi had to wait for an hour while listening to live music at the Prince Mangosuthu Stadium, in Ulundi, to be accommodated by the SABC.
Van der Merwe said in the lead up to the IFP’s closing rally the party had written to the SABC to request a live broadcast at 12 noon or 1pm.
“They then indicated to us that other parties such as the ANC had requested a live broadcast, then we indicated that we can start at 2pm.