SABC, a National Broadcaster or Political Tool of the ANC?

There is no doubt that a government in control of the media, particularly a national broadcaster, can control the way its’ population thinks. Propaganda is the obvious tool for this and its use ensures that the powerful and privileged remain powerful and privileged. It is for this reason that in a democratic state, the government should not be allowed to impose itself on the media.

The media, like healthy opposition, has an important role to play in not only the creation of democracy, but in the maintenance thereof as well. A part of this role is ensuring that no single party has absolute power, thereby creating a single-party state. As such, the media, particularly the national broadcaster has a vested interest in ensuring that opposition parties enjoy the same benefits as the ruling party in terms of campaign airtime; press conferences and the likes.

It is therefore very disturbing to note how much airtime the ANC received from the SABC for their recent manifesto launch, as compared to opposition parties. Without a doubt, the SABC has over the years, through it’s news programs and selective reporting, proved itself to be very biased and one can even go on to say that it has been used as the voice of the ANC.

However, I believe that it is not something that should be taken lightly. By giving the ANC so much airtime & not the opposition, the SABC is playing a part in the subversion of democracy; which is a danger to us all. One of the most vital roles of the media in a democracy is to assist in ensuring that we don’t fall prey to a ‘one-party’ state, which is dictatorship disguised as democracy. It is unacceptable that a national broadcaster behaves in such a way and as citizens, we shouldn’t take it lying down, it will only be to our detriment if we do.

2 thoughts on “SABC, a National Broadcaster or Political Tool of the ANC?

  1. hi koketso i have just bumped into your article on moss phakoe and i have sensed that you are social activist if so please continue doing so cause so many of our people have no voices to speak about their suffering.

    regards keorapetse
    young communist league DEC member Rustenburg


    1. Hi there, glad you came across it and hope you continue logging in to read more. I am a believer that the devastating effects of corruption on service delivery is something we should also combat just as much as poverty and all ills of the world. Though not appreciated by all, hopefully this blog will contribute towards changing things for the better somehow…


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About Koketso Moeti

Mother. Campaigner. Political orphan. Blogger. Activator. Part time professional black. Liker of things. Lover of people. No sense of humour.