South Africa’s official opposition party has upheld that SABC 8 must be given SAPS protection after reports emerged that the media practitioners are being intimidated with death threats.
Circulating reports related that the SABC 8 are living in fear following a series of sinister incidents and death threats aimed at forcing them to drop their court action against the public broadcaster.
It was in September that SABC 8 informed the Constitutional Court that they want to push through with their court action against SABC. Despite their reinstatement, the group upheld that unhealthy editorial policy, censorship and fear are still thriving at the broadcasting corporation and that they want to get rid of it.
Reacting to the reports, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party asserted that the development is cause for serious concern.
To the party, it is clear that those behind the death threats are “high-powered individuals with interest in the outcome of the court case.”
Thus, the party divulged that it will be writing to the Acting National Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane requesting that the SABC 8 be given police protection until the court case is finalized.
“When the Ad Hoc Committee on the SABC meets for the first time on Tuesday, the DA will insist that the parliamentary inquiry into the SABC take place this year still. Parliament cannot go into recess with such serious governance issues plaguing the public broadcaster unresolved.
We will also continue with our court action to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng removed from the SABC. The case will be heard on 23 and 24 November 2016.
It is a sad day when journalists are intimidated for fighting for the constitutional right to report the news without fear and intimidation. All of South Africa should be outraged by the terrorizing of our journalists,” stated DA