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IFP Youth Brigade 'condemn' airing of Bang Bang Club

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The IFP Youth Brigade has expressed its anger and unreserved disquiet at the SABC for airing 'The Bang Bang Club'.

Inkatha Freedom Party Leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi leads a march to the SABC offices on August 14 2012 in Johannesburg. The protestors complained about the apparent unfair reporting by the national broadcaster. (Lucky Maibi, Gallo)

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Youth Brigade National Chairperson, and South Africa's youngest member of Parliament, Mkhuleko Hlengwa said: "We condemn in the strongest, and with the contempt it deserves, the escalating political bias in the SABC.

"The SABC has exclusively become a state broadcaster, ditching all principles and practices of a public broadcaster, and thus effectively killing multi-party democracy."

Reacting to the airing of The Bang Bang Club last night, Hlengwa said, "It is disgusting, shameful and disturbing by all measure or standard for the SABC to continue airing The Bang Bang Club. This action amounts to foisting propaganda on all South Africans, and painting a negative picture of the IFP. Opposition parties are at a disadvantage of note with the SABC behaving in this manner."

The Bang Bang Club is a 2010 Canadian-South African film about four local photographers who risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Hlengwa concluded by saying, "we are prepared to explore every avenue to ensure that this onslaught on the IFP stops. Quite frankly we are sick, tired and fed-up with the ill-treatment the IFP is receiving from the SABC.

"The IFP's march earlier this year, against the SABC, was a warm-up, a Sunday school picnic, compared to what we will do if this situation does not change. The SABC either shapes up or ships out!" – Sapa.

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