The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it would no longer take broadcast of violent protests and footage showing destruction of property and urged several other broadcasting corporations to follow suit.
This was announced on Friday Morning by the corporation saying its ban on broadcasting violent protests is a way of putting to check, the increasing violent destruction of public properties in the country.
The SABC said it condemned the burning of public institutions by violent protesters and has taken a decision that it would not show footage of people burning public institutions such as schools in any of its news bulletins with immediate effect.
“These actions are regrettable and viewed as regressive on the developments made after 22 years of South Africa’s democracy. Continuing to promote them might encourage other communities to do the same.
The broadcaster further stated that the recent violent protests and vandalism brings undeserving backwardness to the nation’s development made after 22 years of South Africa’s democracy and the SABC would do its best to discourage such acts.
“The SABC would like to stress that we will continue to cover news without fear or favour. We will not cover people who are destroying public property,” the broadcaster said in a statement.”
SABC’s Chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng reiterates that its decision against broadcast of violent protests was taken to show that violent protests were not necessary.
“It is regrettable that these actions are disrupting many lives and as a responsible public institution we will not assist these individuals to push their agenda that seeks media attention.
“As a public service broadcaster we have a mandate to educate the citizens, and we therefore have taken this bold decision to show that violent protests are not necessary. We would like to encourage citizens to protest peacefully without destroying the very same institutions that are needed to restore their dignity,” he said.
South Africa has on several occasions, been labelled one of the most violent countries in the world. In a latest statistical data by the World Health Organization (WHO), South Africa was ranked the 9th most violent countries in the world just below Lesotho.
Cape Town has remained South Africa’s most violent city, with 65.53 murders per 100,000 people – the 9th most violent city in the world, while Durban follow it with 35.93 murders per 100,000 people, then Nelson Mandela Bay (35.85 per 100,000 people) and Johannesburg (30.31 per 100,000 people).