ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has angrily lashed out on SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng for refuting Icasa’s ruling on its censorship policies.
Gwede told the chief and the broadcaster that they were mistaken to believe that no one could tell them what decisions they could or could not take.
The Controversial SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said on Tuesday that the public broadcaster will not be influenced by anyone, externally or internally; refuting Icasa’s ruling on its censorship policies.
Angry at Hlaudi’s comment, ANC’s Mantashe said Hlaudi has no right to do as he likes and that the broadcaster would be the subject of “urgent attention” by the ANC caucus in Parliament.
“An ignorant society cannot be a democratic society. Someone should whisper in the ears of the people at the SABC that they cannot be like bulls in a china shop.
“To think they cannot be touched is a very mistaken view,” said Mantashe.
“We’re hoping the SABC will realize that defying calls by society will not make it a better public broadcaster,”
Meanwhile, the national working committee supported the decision by the ANC communications sub-committee to denounce the SABC’s decision not to broadcast images of protesters burning public property.
Speaking further on the insistence o the broadcaster to continue with their censorship on protest in the country, Mantashe said the SABC was doing a disservice to South Africans by filtering the news.
Right2Know campaign organizers also condemned SABC’s insistence despite warning saying the Icasa ruling was one win in a larger campaign.
They said Motsoeneng remained “deaf to the massive public outcry against the censorship, purges, propaganda, cronyism and financial mismanagement that have come to define the SABC”.
Only a Court of Law can Reverse ICASA Ruling
ICASA has however noted that its ruling that the SABC reverse a decision banning footage of violent protests can only be reviewed by a court of law.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa says it made the ruling because the public broadcaster’s move impacts on licensing and broadcast conditions.
ICASA’s Paseka Maleka says they have to uphold licensing conditions and that they have to go to court for them to get the review of the authority’s decision, that is what is there for them incase they do not want to accept the ruling” he said.