Ramaphosa ‘disturbed’ by journalist’s conduct outside Parliament

Ramaphosa ‘disturbed’ by journalist’s conduct outside Parliament

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed shock at the conduct of eNCA journalist Lindsay Dentlinger. 

Cyril Ramaphosa in Sanef meeting
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This comes after the barrage of criticism waged against Dentlinger for her alleged ill-treatment of black politicians. 


In a video circulating on social media, Dentlinger is seen speaking to a mask-less Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald on the Parliament steps following the budget speech by Finance minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday. 


When Groenewald steps out of shot, she invites deputy president of the United Democratic Movement Nqabayomzi Kwankwa for a post-budget interview. 


As he approaches, he removes his mask but Dentlinger asks him to keep it on. 


She’s accused of double standards and racism in her approach to black politicians and their white counterparts. 


On Friday, Ramaphosa told the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) that he was taken aback by Dentlinger’s conduct. 


“When I saw what happened outside the doors of Parliament, I was quite disturbed but thank you raising it in a sensitive manner that you have raised it. 


“We should all as South Africans accept the position that you and Sanef are taking on this matter and we all learn, we all make mistakes and let’s hope that this will continue to be what guides us as we deal with many issues in our country.” 


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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has written to Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise calling for “urgent action to be taken against the eNCA and its journalist Lindsay Dentlinger for practicing anti-black racism against Members of Parliament on National TV, within the parliament precinct.” 


“In terms of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliaments and Provincial Legislatures Act, the Speaker has control and authority over the parliament precinct. This places a duty on the Speaker for the security and protection of MPs and any persons within the precinct,” the letter reads. 


The red berets want the media house to take account.  


“Accordingly, we request the Speaker to institute an urgent investigation or inquiry on this matter, with the view to remove, fine or ban eNCA and fine or ban Lindsay Dentlinger from the parliament precinct.” 


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