SABC is not above the law, it must adhere to established laws says the deputy minister of communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams who like others, has become weary of the striving situation in the state’s broadcasting corporation.
The deputy minister who was speaking to journalists on Wednesday during her visit to the Electoral Commission of South Africa centre in East London, said that the SABC will not be allowed to victimize any of its staff and that the law must remain binding excluding no one.
The deputy minister stated this following controversial issues surrounding the corporations after its decision to place a ban on airing footage of violent protests detrimental the the state’s unity.
Communications regulator Icasa ordered that the SABC must reverse its decision following a court application by the Helen Suzman Foundation. Icasa has since said that the SABC had agreed to abide by Icasa’s order.
Eight journalists were fired for speaking out against the revised policy though they were later reinstated following order by the labour court.
More so, the public broadcaster’s head of television, Verona Duwarkah, was recently axed following her refusal to sign off on contracts with local production houses – that had been negotiated by Motsoeneng – but not gone through due process.
“Nobody must be victimized. Nobody must think they are above the law. Everybody has to act within the mandates that have been put in place,” she said, adding that the communications ministry was waiting for a report from the board on the situation at the SABC.
Duwarkah, who had held her position since 2012, confirmed the termination of her contract to the City Press but chose not to comment further.
Ndabeni-Abrahams said the communication department is yet to receive report from the board, “We are clear that all process has to be followed. It doesn’t matter who you are.
If as government we said these are the [processes] everybody must adhere to…Everybody has to act within the mandate we have put in place.” he pointed out, promising that the ministry would act accordingly against any transgressors at the SABC.