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The Repercussions Of Signal Blocking In Parliament - SONA
15 Feb 15
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Cellphone Signal Block

You may have heard (unless you only watch SABC News who did not report on this) that cell phone signals were blocked during President Jacob Zuma’s state-of-the-nation-address (SONA) on Thursday. 
This suspicious act of course has raised questions about whether the institution acted illegally in doing so. 

The South African media houses are now seeking a court order which will prevent this from ever happening again. 

On Thursday night there were up to 25 journalists who were unable to file their stories due to an obvious disturbance in their cell phone reception. Many journalists found hot spot in the most uncomfortable of locations such as men’s rest-rooms where they were forced to work due to the necessity of cell phone reception. 

The signal was only restored after DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen (with the support of the EFF and Freedom Front Plus) rose on a "rule of order” to submit that the jamming was "in direct violation of the… Constitution”.


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