Zim anti-sanctions movement calls on BCCSA to reign in SABC

By Oleen Ndori
THE Zimbabwe Anti-Sanctions Movement (ZASM) has called on the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa to reign in the SABC in relation to its court application regarding the ongoing case on the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
The lawsuit which was filed earlier this year was necessitated by the fact that South Africa as Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner and some of its banks are allegedly implementing the illegal embargo in dealing with Zimbabwe’s industry and commerce.
In its submissions, ZASM argues that the sanctions are hurting the Zimbabwean economy and are inconsistent with international law.
It also argues that media is playing a key role in the representation of Zimbabwe in the ongoing anti-sanctions campaign.
Founder of the Zimbabwe Anti-Sanctions Movement, Mr Rutendo Matinyarare says they have approached the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa regarding the case, arguing that the SABC is perpetuating falsehoods to negatively represent Zimbabwe regionally and internationally.
“SA media, in particular the SABC, is perpetuating falsehoods that negatively represent Zimbabwe. It is advancing propaganda to create hate against Zimbabweans despite that the SA Govt is pushing for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe,” said Matinyarare.
The anti-sanctions case being spearheaded by Advocate Simba Chitando is a potentially ground-breaking international case which could see the beginning of normalised financial relations between Zimbabwe and international financial institutions currently reluctant to deal with the country for fear of incurring heavy penalties from the United States.