Johannesburg - The government has put together a strict set of media guidelines for Madiba’s state funeral and other events, warning the more than 2 000 journalists expected to act professionally and not get drunk.
Failure to do so will see them ejected and have their broadcasting frequency revoked.
The Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS) has had its hands full over the last few days trying to attend to glitches in the system for things like accreditation. The GCIS is also busy negotiating as to which international and local broadcasters will be allowed to broadcast the funeral and official memorial service proceedings.
GCIS chief executive Phumla Williams told The Star on Sunday the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) “biggest headache” so far has been the constant interception of frequency by some broadcasters without permission.
On the code of conduct, Williams agreed “it’s very strict”.