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South African President Jacob Zuma.

According to DA Shadow Minister of Communications, Marshallé Frederiks has learnt that various public radio stations, including Ukhozi FM, Phalaphala FM, Ikwekwezi FM and Ligwalagwala FM, have received instructions “from above” to play a special happy birthday song for the President’s birthday today.

In light of the political and economic fallout following the President’s midnight cabinet reshuffle, the latest move by the Zuma camp according to the DA, can be described as nothing less than propaganda to ensure that Zuma retains his power by all means possible.

The DA is submitting parliamentary questions to the new Minister of Communications, Ayanda Dlodlo, to find out who exactly commissioned the song, who paid for the commissioning of the song, which stations were ordered to play it and how much it cost to air the song?

Uhrm, is this not a tad bit petty folks?

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The DA believe that under Zuma’s presidency, poor South Africans continue to suffer, as he sells the country to individuals who seek to loot public coffers in order to enrich themselves.

Radio stations have an obligation to inform and educate our people and should not be used to protect the self-interests of the political elite or to sing the praises of a person who has become a one-man wrecking ball, says Frederiks.

The DA urges all public broadcasters to protect their independence from any attempt by captured individuals to promote narratives that endanger media freedom.

Zuma under fire:

– ANA