Azapo has apologised for the behaviour of members who disrupted a live election debate last night, but says it was to be expected, according to a report on SABC.

Azapo members interrupted a live SABC debate held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

The show was temporarily suspended after supporters stormed the stage as the broadcast went on air. The reason Azapo gave for the disruption was that it's being ignored by the public broadcaster.

Azapo Secretary General Strike Thukwana says: “This is really regrettable but it is not unexpected. We have on numerous occasions made representation to IEC to show them the skewness of this elections were political parties that are called so-called big parties are given more money more space every day they are on TV. Now this public broadcaster should actually bring forward all players on an equitable levels or equal levels to say that all of us are fighting space in this elections.”

The SABC says it will explore available options to take up the matter of the disruption of a live debate. SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says the broadcaster will not let this matter go, especially because the SABC has tried its best to give equitable coverage. Kganyago says Azapo had also been invited to participate in a previous debate.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has condemned the disruptions as undemocratic. Supporters only dispersed after police used teargas. Azapo says it's angry that the public broadcaster is ignoring it, while favouring COPE, which doesn't have a parliamentary seat. It took police more than 15 minutes to remove them from the stage.

Meanwhile police in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro say no charges have been laid against the Azapo supporters who were arrested after the disruption. Port Elizabeth police spokesperson Sandra Janse van Rensburg has also dismissed reports that some Azapo supporters were arrested.

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