28 February 2021
Pretoria – Civil rights movement #NotInMyName, has vociferously registered displeasure over the different treatment extended to white and black guests by eNCA senior journalist Lindsay Dentlinger when spoke to parliamentarians after the 2021 budget speech.
The ongoing furore came as Dentlinger, after the budget speech presented on Wednesday by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Lindsay allowed the leader of Freedom Front Plus Pieter Groenewald to talk to her on camera, without a mask. However, the same treatment was verbally and strictly not allowed when UDM Deputy President Ndabayomzi Kwankwa was interviewed.
NotInMyName president Siyabulela Jentile and secretary general Themba Masango led a crowd of activists at the eNCA head offices in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
“Honourable Kwankwa was sternly told by the eNCA reporter to put his face mask, before the journalist started asking him questions, media reports indicate that the row has been exacerbated when a clip of a similar incident, also involving Lindsay Dentlinger was uploaded on social media,” said Masango.
He said the picket which took place at eNCA on Friday stopped the movement of people in and out of the premises until the broadcaster’s management came out to address the gathering.
“We went at the eNCA headquarters to register our displeasure at the blatant racism that was manifested by Lindsay Dentlinger, you know the story, the furore was started when she was saying that black leaders should wear a mask, while other white leaders who she was interviewing did not have to wear a mask, and she did not call them out and we are really, really hurt by that,” he said.
Masango said the discussion they had with eNCA management was that the journalist Lindsay Dentlinger was taken off air while an internal disciplinary process is going on.
“After an hour [of picketing], the management met us and we had a progressive meeting with them. They admitted that what happened was completely wrong. Infact, they have taken Lindsay Dentlinger off-air, while an internal disciplinary process is going on,” he said.
“We showed them that the incident was purely racism whether it was conscious or not, the racism seems to be deeply embedded, and as a company they need to take responsibility for their employees which they promised to do in due course.”
Meanwhile, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mkhuleko Hlengwa has indicated that will not be giving interviews to eNCA or eTV until the scheduled meeting with Dentlinger and the management of the broadcaster.
On the other hand, the Economic Freedom Fighters has said Dentlinger’s actions vindicate the EFF’s position that there is a culture of racism and factionalism at the eNCA, where the disrespect of black people thrives.
“The rot at eNCA is so deep that white individuals perpetuate a culture of hate and discrimination against black people boldly in the public domain,” said the party led by Julius Malema.
“We reiterate our position that we have permanently disengaged with eNCA, who pulled out of the EFF’s Second National People’s Assembly on the instruction of their handler,Johann Rupert, because the political report of the Commander in Chief Julius Malema implicated those who bankroll their bought media platform.”