eNCA anchors to return to the airwaves after internal review
The channel says the two anchors, who were taken off air after a controversial newscast, were never suspended.
News anchors, Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton will be back on air on Monday morning after eNCA completed an internal review.
The pair courted controversy with remarks made over South Africa’s ongoing cigarette ban during a newscast earlier in the week.
eNCA sets record straight over news anchors controversy
On Wednesday, reports emerged that the two journalists, co-anchors on the channel’s The South African Morning Show, had been suspended.
However, eNCA says Mngambi and Dutton are set to return on Monday, following an internal review by the channel.
“The South African Morning Show co-anchors Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton will be back on air from Monday. eNCA appreciates how their views regarding President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cogta Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could have created general conjecture,” eNCA said.
“An internal review process took place in line with the company’s internal policies. eNCA asserts that it categorically does not agree with any form of censorship, and we pride ourselves in delivering fair, authentic, and well-researched content.
“We believe in the freedom of media as enshrined in the national Constitution and we understand that such rights cannot exist without responsibility.”eNCA
The South African Morning show co-anchors @XoliMngambi and @janedutton will be back on air from Monday. Mngambi and Dutton were not suspended at any stage during the review process. They both also maintain that the apology was initiated by themselves. #DStv403 #day44oflockdown pic.twitter.com/ThIIWvuzKY— eNCA (@eNCA) May 9, 2020
Remarks on cigarette ban landed anchors in hot water
The channel says Mngambi and Dutton were not suspended at any stage during the review process, and the two anchors maintain that they were not coerced into making an apology.
In the controversial broadcast, the duo shared personal views on the extension of the cigarette ban announced by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who said tobacco sales would continue to be prohibited under Level 4 restrictions.
Dlamini-Zuma made the announcement just days after President Cyril Ramaphosa had declared the opposite.
Having said that the president had been emasculated by his Cabinet minister in “overturning” the decision, Mngambi and Dutton issued out an apology the day after the live broadcast.
“We made a rather unfortunate judgement on the president and the Cogta minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, it was around the debacle on the cigarette ban, singling her out on the decision as if it were her own, was unfair and unwarranted, especially after President Cyril Ramaphosa had provided clarity on the matter,” Dutton said in her apology.Jane Dutton, eNCA