EDITORIAL | M-Net, eNCA can say sorry, but systemic racism must never be tolerated
In a country as racially sensitive as SA, these TV channels seem inexplicably out of touch
Masking etiquette and a reality dating show were the two unlikely mediums through which racism reared its insidious head and caused a social media frenzy this week.
In the first instance, eNCA political reporter Lindsay Dentlinger was unmasked as a “racist” for apparent inconsistency by asking black politicians — the UDM’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa and IFP’s Mkhuleko Hlengwa — to wear their masks during interviews. Clips that went viral, one taken recently and another last year, showed that she wasn’t as discerning with FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald and the DA’s John Steenhuisen, sparking anger among South Africans who interpreted her actions as racist.
However, the news channel — which has been at the centre of racial controversy previously (the ANC in KZN saying racism is endemic at the station and previously discriminated against black journalists) — would have us believe there was much brouhaha over nothing in this instance. ..