ICASA’s SABC ruling condemned SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s decision to ban airing of footage of violent protests on SABC TV channels.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) ordered SABC to immediately withdraw the decision and gave the broadcasting corporation 7 days to respond to whether it will comply with the order.
Motsoeneng has however, responded to the ICASA’s SABC ruling, stating that nobody has the right to tell SABC how to run its show. Not even ICASA.
Motsoeneng said: “I don’t focus on what people say but on what I need to do. The protests are just a hullabaloo. No one will dictate to us; we know what we’re doing.
We are not going to change anything, you must forget (about ICASA). We are within the Broadcasting Act. We are within the regulations. The ICASA ruling, we are challenging that ruling,” Motsoeneng asserted.
SABC Chairman, Mbulaheni Maguvhe expressed similar sentiment regarding the ICASA’s SABC ruling.
Maguvhe said: between “now and five days we are going to engage our legal team and if the advice is that we reverse this matter with the relevant authorities, including the high court and the Constitutional Court, that is what we are going to do.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party said the ANC and Mr Motsoeneng cannot be allowed to turn the public broadcaster into an instrument to take out political opponents.
The party disclosed that it will today, file an affidavit to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) regarding the SABC issues.
DA will be appealing to the Court to deny the SABC Board, Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, and Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s petitions for leave to appeal the Dennis Davis judgement setting aside Motsoeneng’s appointment as the permanent COO of the SABC.