SABC reporters fear NIA is ‘monitoring their phones’

2014-04-11 09:58

SABC journalists fear their phones are being tapped by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

The Mail & Guardian reported today that Hannes du Buisson, the president of the Broadcasting, Electronics, Media and Allied Workers’ Union told the paper the union had received a worrying report. SABC board chairwoman Zandile Tshabala told staff to be careful who they spoke to as their phones were being monitored.

“If this is true, we would be very concerned as it would be illegal,” Du Buisson was quoted as saying.

Five editorial staff independently confirmed the details of the January meeting to the weekly paper.

“Basically, she was saying that we must toe the line ... and that we must respect the ruling party. She said your phones are being listened to ... because the SABC is a national key point,” one staffer said.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told the paper Tshabalala’s message had been misinterpreted.

“She was just reminding them that there were leaks in the organisation and that this was a national key point and that people must be loyal to avoid leaks,” Kganyago was quoted as saying.

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