eNCA suspends anchors over Dlamini-Zuma remarks

eNCA's Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton took to the airwaves on Monday, singling out Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in their criticism of the cigarette ban.

eNCA suspends anchors over Dlamini-Zuma remarks

News channel eNCA has suspended two of its anchors, following a controversial newscast earlier in the week.

Jane Dutton and Xoli Mngambi took to the airwaves on Monday to voice their personal views on the cigarette ban, in the process, slamming Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who announced that that particular lockdown measure will remain in place.

Remarks on cigarette ban lead to anchors’ suspension

The pair issued out an apology the following day, but have reportedly been suspended by the channel.

The suspension comes after saying that President Cyril Ramaphosa – who had earlier announced that the ban on cigarette sales would be lifted under Level 4 restrictions – had been emasculated by Dlamini-Zuma, who declared the opposite a day before the restrictions were set to be eased slightly.

In their apology, Dutton acknowleged the error of singling the Cogta Minister out.

“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.” 

Jane Dutton, eNCA news anchor

Public divided over eNCA debacle

The newscast which triggered the controversy propelled eNCA to the top of the trends list on social media, with mixed reaction across the board.

The commentary continued on through to Wednesday, the day the news of the suspension broke.

Source : The South African More