It is befitting to first and foremost thank all media houses which saw it fit to cover a historical occasion on the 11th February 2017. We are humbled by visible presence of reputable independent media houses, we also like not to forget the community radio stations and newspapers for making themselves available.
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) understands the public broadcaster to be an entity which acts on the interests on general public.
The SA Broadcasting Cooperation has proven itself to be the state broadcaster in the same way that it operated during the racist apartheid regime. The state broadcaster uses authoritarian tactics defined by dictatorial character which is evident from the SABC.
The principal question we should ask is what constitute news according to the SABC.
It is in this past week where we witnessed the handing-over occasion of the hanged freedom fighters’ remains who were hanged for committing themselves to the liberation cause for our people. This gallant fighters left the Eastern Cape under the auspices of Poqo to wage war against the racist system which sought to divide our people and deprive them of their fundamental liberties.
This gallant freedom fighters should be considered as the longest political prisoners because they have spent more than 53 years under arrest during their lives and deaths. They were only released this year (2017) while they have been arrested and hanged in the early 1960s.
In Saturday, in a small village called Mputhi in Mbashe near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, these comrades were released after 23 years of the so-called democratic regime.
SABC never deemed it fit to broadcast this historic day to the nation. To them it was not newsworthy, whatever the meaning of that.
The bigger question is, who instructed them not to broadcast the event? The occasion was left to independent media who deemed it fit that the day was important and needed to be captured because it was the only gratitude they could convey to these tireless fighters.
You would also notice that the same SABC never broadcasted LIVE the funeral of another freedom fighter, 3rd PAC President who passed on early last year. What is ironically is that they would broadcast LIVE the memorial service of a soccer star and those who even fought for those players to be able to kick the ball are unimportant to SABC solely because they are coming from the PAC.
This is so much of a state broadcaster than a public one. Thanks to the independent media and community media for striving towards a free press which will be free from partisanship.