SABC Gulps Down Humble Pie, Abandons Violent Protest Policy 


The South African Broadcasting Corporation has submitted to Icasa’s dictate. It has now decided to abandon its violent protest policy.

Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) confirmed this. The regulatory body reportedly divulged that SABC has accepted to obey its order.

Icasa promised that the corporation will abandon its ban on broadcasting violent protests across South Africa.

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Speaking, Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka affirmed that SABC will abide by the order.

Pretoria High Court stopped SABC from actualizing its protest policy dream. That, follows Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) kick against it.

Kaizer Kganyago SABC’s spokesperson also confirmed SABC’s abandonment of its editorial policy on violent protests.

Kganyago said SABC couldn’t respond to Icasa’s order within the seven days the regulatory body prescribed. According to Kganyago, SABC was waiting for the outcome of the HSF’s court application.

Meanwhile, Parliament is worried about the unrest in SABC.

Hence, its portfolio committee on communications issued a statement concerning the issues.

“…SABC’s mandate is to broadcast in the public interest. But lately, there has been public outcry about developments at the corporation.

This is another reason for concern…although not privy to the merits and demerits of the cases. Resignations and dismissals of employees are a reason for concern. Especially in a country with high levels of unemployment,” read the statement.

SABC Captured By Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Meanwhile, DA welcomed the court interdict against SABC’s violent protest policy.

“This is a victory for the Constitution, and the freedom of the media protected by it. This, however, will not on its own stop the rot at the SABC. The public broadcaster has been captured by Jacob Zuma’s friend and ally, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and his dictatorial, anti-free press reign will continue unless further action is taken to remove him as acting COO,” stated the opposition party.

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