ANC slams culture of censorship at the SABC

By Drum Digital
12 July 2016

The ANC backed the party’s communications sub-committee head, Jackson Mthembu, who has criticised the broadcaster for changing its editorial policy and stifling media freedom.

By Aphiwe Boyce

The African National Congress (ANC), following the meeting of its National Working Committee yesterday, has slammed the culture of censorship at the SABC.

In a statement, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the party would also look into issues of corporate governance at the public broadcaster, as well as the high turnover of SABC bosses.

“The ANC Parliamentary caucus is also expected to give the SABC the requisite attention,” he said.

This comes against the backdrop of unconfirmed reports the public broadcaster has given its permanent CEO Frans Matlala, who was suspended in November last year, a golden handshake. He was supposed to appear before a disciplinary committee this week.

This after controversial COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng imposed a ban on the airing of violent public protest footage. Motsoeneng’s decision has been roundly opposed, even by some SABC journalists.

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which regulates the broadcasting industry, has ruled that the SABC should reverse its controversial decision to censure violent protests.

Mthembu also summoned Motsoeneng ally and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to yesterday’s meeting. But Muthambi reportedly snubbed the meeting.

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