“Pay back the money” banned from SABC: report

The SABC has banned showing footage of EFF members chanting “Pay back the money” to President Jacob Zuma in Parliament, the City Press reported.

According to the report, senior SABC journalist said that they have “been barred from using the visuals when they write stories about the EFF for TV news”.

The SABC denied that it placed a ban on the “Pay back the money” footage, telling the City Press that “editorial decisions are taken on a story-to-story basis”.

In August 2014 EFF MPs were thrown out of Parliament after chanting “Pay back the money” to President Jacob Zuma while he was answering questions in the National Assembly.

This caused a war of words between National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete and the EFF, and Mbete ordered EFF members to leave the house. They did not comply.

President Jacob Zuma was unable to finish his reply to questions in the National Assembly as a result of the EFF’s refusal to leave the National Assembly.

Mbete then adjourned the House, following the stand-off between her and EFF members.

The full story is available in the City Press of 28 December 2014. An online summary is available here.

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