CASE NUMBER: 12/2009 – AFRIFORUM AND D CRONJE VS SABC2 AND SABC3 – TSWANE

AfriForum, a civil rights initiative, complained that the Respondent, by using the term Tshwane in televisionits news broadcasts, was treating Pretoria differently and unequally to other cities in South Africa.  This, according to the complaint, was unfair reporting and it constituted a contravention of clauses 34.1 and 34.3 of the Code.  It appeared that Respondent, when it reported on events that occurred in Pretoria, used the term Tshwane, which is the name of the Metropolitan Municipality, but when it reported on events that occurred in, for example, Durban and Port Elizabeth, it referred to the actual names of the cities and not to the names of their respective municipalities. According to the Official Database of the South African Geographical Names System, the city of Pretoria is still registered as such.  It was found that because Pretoria is the registered name of the city, and because the Respondent was treating Pretoria differently and unequally in relation to other cities in South Africa, without any legal basis for doing so, the Respondent was reporting news unfairly.  This constituted a contravention of clauses 34.1 and 34.3 of the Code.  Although this decision deviates from the decision taken in case number 30/2005 with regards to what is essentially the same complaint, the decision taken in the present instance constitutes new grounds on which the Respondent’s broadcasts were challenged.  The complaint was upheld but no sanction was imposed.

[2009] JOL 23809 (BCCSA)

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