The DA has said it intends to officially complain about the SABC’s live broadcast of the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally on Sunday - which it says was biased - and that parliamentary questions to the communications minister would follow.
However, the SABC denied bias, saying the DA had received fair, equitable coverage during the election campaign.
While the DA did not indicate specific time frames for the complaint, saying the damage had already been done, the party’s federal council chairman, MP James Selfe, said the decision to cover one party live and not the others raised questions about “an organisation that lacked transparency” and acted “in a way that advances the interest of the governing party”.
The ANC held its Siyanqoba rally at Soweto’s FNB Stadium on Sunday.
The DA held its final municipal election rally in the OR Tambo Hall in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township on Saturday.
According to the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act, the SABC is required to treat all political parties equitably and each broadcasting service should be consistent in its treatment of contesting parties. - Political Bureau