DA wins court case for live SABC coverage of Congress

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of the DA, ordering the SABC to provide live coverage of their Federal Congress in Nelson Mandela Bay.

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The SABC conceded before Judge Carelse that it had no case, by agreeing to the order sought by the DA.

The DA alleged that the SABC withdrawal of its live public television coverage was both contrary to the public interest and contrary to the SABC’s own editorial policy.
The Public Broadcaster must act with political impartiality and must not display bias in its live coverage decisions.

This is a victory for democracy. Only through live political coverage on free-to-air channels can voters in South Africa make informed political decisions.

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Live coverage eliminates the potential abuse of editorial influence over political events.

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Live coverage of DA Federal Congress will commence at 10h30 tomorrow morning on SABC 2, for the opening ceremony, and from 13h00 on Sunday 10 May, for the announcement of a new DA Federal Leader.

This victory sets a welcome precedent for the coverage of political events in South Africa.