Wail all you like, Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s kingdom won’t tolerate any opposition. The South African Broadcasting Corporation axed three more journalists today.
As learnt Busisiwe Ntuli, the specialist producer for the investigative program “Special Assignment”, Lukhanyo Calata, a Cape Town journalist and economics editor Thandeka Gqubule were fired.
An excerpt from Calata’s letter of dismissal read : “It is common cause that you have made it known to the SABC that you will continue to disrespect the SABC, your employer. It has now become clear to the SABC that you have no intent to refrain from your conduct of undermining the SABC and the authority of its management.
In the premise your continued acts of misconduct have become intolerable. Your employment with SABC is thus terminated with immediate effect… You have a right to refer a dispute at the CCMA in the event that you are not satisfied with this decision.”
This makes the number of journalists axed by SABC since Monday seven.
President Zuma And ANC Have Captured SABC
Opposition party DA said “what is happening at the public broadcaster is prime example of the systemic party capture.
“The SABC joins the long line of captured institutions, including the Hawks, the NPA and SARS. (They don’t) serve the people of South Africa, but at the behest of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
Parliaments failure to act will make it complicit in the erosion of the independence of yet another public institution.”
The DA National Spokesperson and Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme led a picket outside Parliament today.
“We are here today to picket in support of the four of the SABC 8 fired by Hlaudi Motsoeneng… These were hard-working, committed, journalists who committed the “sin” of standing up for the integrity of the SABC.
It is important that all of South Africa stands up and fights to protect the SABC. We must continue mass rolling action until the integrity of the SABC is restored. We are also here today to demand action from Parliament,” remarked the DA leaders.