Portfolio Committee on Communications has noted with distinct fascination the decision by the Films and Publications Board (FPB) to temporarily lifting X-rated local film, Inxeba – loosely translated The Wound.
The North Gauteng High Court ruling on Tuesday temporarily lifted the X-rating of the film.
The committee comprehends that the decision is taken pending a court challenge to review the age limitation on the film by makers, Film Distribution Ltd and Uhuru Media Ltd.
In spite of the fact that communicating trust in the FPB, the Committee has called the entity to strive for a broader consultation with concerned stakeholders when managing controversial movies like Inxeba.
“We will anticipate an ultimate conclusion on the issue, following the review procedures at the Gauteng North High Court on March 28, 2018,” said Humphrey Maxegwana, the Chairperson of the Committee.
The Committee has welcomed the decision to adopt the Films and Publications Board Amendment Bill by the National Assembly.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile Van Damme the ruling is a serious indictment of the FPB’s Appeal Tribunal who clasped under strain from patriarchs with obsolete thoughts on manliness, tradition, and sexuality,” said Van Damme.
She added that theirs ought to be to constantly agree with the law and maintain our hard-won Constitutional rights.
Van Damme said DA looks forward and will watch procedures of the hearing on March 28 and expects nothing not as much as a 16 age limitation.
“The DA recognises the makers of the film on their boldness and continued with the battle against the X-rating and urge them to keep on fighting for their constitutional rights ideal to aesthetic freedom and freedom of expression,” added Van Damme.