By Kaya 959 News
Civil rights organisation #NotInMyName says normalising racism would be tragic to the fabric of society in South Africa.
The organisation picketed outside eNCA offices on Friday to voice its concerns about structural racism.
This comes after reporter at the channel, Lindsay Dentlinger, came under fire for asking black politicians to wear their masks during interviews.
Social media users slammed her conduct because in videos shared online, she did not appear to ask for the same to be done when speaking to their white counterparts.
#NotInMyName says it is not pleased with Dentlinger’s behavior.
“We want eNCA to explain to us the meaning of this different treatment which in our view is pure racism displayed by eNCA reporter, Lindsay Dentlinger. We want them to tell us if this is a general view of eNCA as a media house,” the organisation’s president Siyabonga Jentile said.
eNCA and Lindsay Dentlinger trended on Twitter after the interviews went viral.
Many demanded an apology from the channel. Celebrities also shared their opinions.
“This reporter isn’t scared of Covid, she’s scared of the black variant of Covid!” actor Siv Ngesi tweeted.
Kaya 959 presenter Unathi was also unimpressed.
“WHITE SUPREMECY looks like this……it is INSTITUTIONALISED but Anywhoo let’s hope Mogherl is practising how to say GQEBERHA.”
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eNCA has since met with Dentlinger. The channel says her conduct was not “racially motivated or with malicious intent”.
It added that the way Dentlinger has been perceived through the incident is “unfair and not a true reflection of the journalist”.