Yet another SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata has been charged by the South African broadcaster.
Though the details of the charges have not been made public, Calata reportedly received the charges on Monday
In the spirit of solidarity, Calata joined fellow journalists on a protest march outside the SABC’s offices in Cape Town. The march took place on Friday last week.
Calata who took his young son along said that he was there because “it was important for me to show solidarity with other journalists”.
The support shown by other media houses for the benefit of journalists at the SABC encouraged Calata to march on.
The SABC journalist facing charges is a parliamentary reporter based in Cape Town. His father, Fort, was part of the “Cradock Four”, anti-apartheid activists who were assassinated near Port Elizabeth in 1985.
Calata is not the first SABC journalist to be charged by the broadcaster. On Thursday, the SABC charged three journalists for “liaising with the media” without proper authorisation from their superiors.
The trio – Busisiwe Ntuli, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp penned a letter to COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng last weekend. They expressing their dissatisfaction with how operations had been managed at the SABC over the last few weeks in the letter.
Three other employees -Thandeka Gqubule, Foeta Krige and Suna Venter were also suspended.
They received suspension letters two weeks ago for allegedly “distancing” themselves from an order. They acted contrary to an instruction during a diary conference not to cover the Right2Know campaign’s protest against censorship at the public broadcaster.
Meanwhile, several attempts to get a comment from SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago failed.