A fundraiser established to assist the fired SABC journalists has so far realised hundreds of thousands of rands overnight.
The initiative titled “Friends of SABC journalists” has raised over R250,000 in donations so far.
— Adriaan Basson (@AdriaanBasson) July 19, 2016
The money raised will be distributed among the fired SABC journalists who lost their jobs this week for kicking against the broadcaster’s controversial editorial policies.
The Eight journalists working with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) lost their jobs this week.
According to Solidarity spokesman Anton van der Bilj, four of the suspended SABC journalists – Foeta Krige‚ Suna Venter‚ Jacques Steenkamp and Krivani Pillay were notified via email that they had been dismissed.
Later on Tuesday morning, reports say the remaining four – Vuyo Mvoko‚ Thandeka Gqubule‚ Busisiwe Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata were also dismissed.
The reason behind their rash dismissal was based on the fact that they had failed to comply with the public broadcaster’s policy.
However, the fired journalists were only trying to protect the freedom of the press.
Several civil rights groups have condemned the action taken by the SABC in the wake of the challenges the broadcaster is facing.
Also, the social media has been inundated with condemnation of the dismissal of the journalists.
Aggrieved, some of the journalists have already confirmed that they are taking the matter to the Labour Court on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Independent Communications Authority of South African (Icasa) gave the SABC an ultimatum to reverse its decision to ban footage of destructive protests. But the broadcaster stood by the decision not to air violent protests.
The public broadcaster dismissed the journalists amid a statement that it was still engaging the Compliance and Complaints Committee (CCC) of ICASA over its recommendations and whether these recommendations had been properly endorsed by the ICASA Council‚ as it was a requirement in law.