The Ministry of Communications has accused eNCA of dragging its feet to deal with the comments made by its news anchor relating to the body-shaming of Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
However, eNCA said it was looking into the matter.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Communications Mish Molakeng said yesterday they were still waiting for eNCA to come back to them with feedback after they complained over comments made by Jane Dutton a few days ago.
He said it appeared though that the station was dragging its feet to deal with the matter.
“Management is dragging their feet on this matter. So far, they have not even responded in writing to confirm that they are addressing the matter. This to me demonstrates a selective approach towards gender-based violence issues,” said Molakeng.
eNCA managing editor John Bailey said they were looking into the matter.
“The broadcast of news in South Africa is regulated. We wish to advise that we are still internally looking at the matter and not in a position to make any comments at this stage,” said Bailey.
In the letter to eNCA, the Ministry said it wants the station to apologise for the comments made by Dutton.
In a follow-up letter, the ministry said it was still waiting for feedback from the station on the action it would take.
Molakeng said they have been waiting for some time for the station to come back to them and nothing has happened.
However, this was a matter that required serious attention, he said.
He said it was in the interest of the country that this was done.
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