Richard Anthony Chemaly
3 minute read
22 Oct 2021
11:43 am

Elections 2021: Is it okay if I just sit this one out?

Richard Anthony Chemaly

I don’t want an overpriced ward councillor. I don’t need one. I can’t see why I should have to pay for one, writes Richard Chemaly.

Picture: Twitter/@IECSouthAfrica

Y’know. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) have this amazing way of passing off work. Take their complaints and compliance committee (CCC). They have powers to do all sorts of things to bad broadcasters but they’ve made it so that if the broadcasters are members of some voluntary body, the CCC would defer to that body. Naturally, some broadcasters came together, formed the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) and made some lovely limits on the fines they can impose. Broadcasters have less risk. Icasa has less work. Everything is working. Everybody is happy. Where is that...