Union threatens SACP, backs SABC over censorship row

2016-07-14 11:51

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Pietermaritzburg - The debate around censorship and the unfolding labour issues at the SABC took another turn on Wednesday when the Communications Workers’ Union, a Cosatu affiliate, took a clear swipe at the SA Communist Party (SACP).

Provincial secretary Thami Mzileni came out guns blazing and threatened to influence the national leadership to “take a stance” against the SACP.

The SACP, an alliance partner of Cosatu, has called for action to ensure that suspended staff are reinstated.

Mzileni said it was “disturbing” that the SACP was “supporting right wing organisations”.

“There is no crisis at the SABC. These are just political games ahead of the upcoming local government elections,” he said.

Several senior journalists at the embattled public broadcaster have been suspended after they questioned a decision by the SABC not to show footage of violent protests.

They were also charged for questioning why staff were forbidden to report on a protest outside the SABC’s Auckland Park offices over a directive by its chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, not to show violent protests.

Mzileni said none of the suspended SABC employees were members of the CWU.

The union will picket outside the SABC offices in Durban tomorrow to show their support of the SABC.

Meanwhile, there was drama at the union’s briefing yesterday after the ANC Youth League in the province pulled out of the briefing at the eleventh hour.

Provincial Youth League secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said the mother body had ordered its structures not to comment on the matter.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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