3 more SABC journalists charged - reports

2016-06-30 13:43
Former SABC employee Cobus Bester and senior SABC staff members protest the suspension of their three colleagues. (Pictures: Facebook)

Former SABC employee Cobus Bester and senior SABC staff members protest the suspension of their three colleagues. (Pictures: Facebook)

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Cape Town - Three SABC journalists were charged by the public broadcaster on Thursday, following the suspension of three other journalists last week, reports have said.

eNCA reported that Executive Producer (EP) of Special Assignment Busisiwe Ntuli, EP of Current Affairs Krivani Pillay and a senior investigative reporter Jacques Steenkamp were charged for voicing concerns with the SABC’s editorial policy.

Disciplinary proceedings will now take place.

According to The Star, the trio were charged with “liaising with the media” without authorisation from their bosses.

One of the journalists, who did not want to be named, reportedly told The Star they "haven't been suspended", but have been charged.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago chose not to comment on the alleged charges, saying "even if I was aware, I would not disclose it publicly."

The three staff members wrote a letter over the weekend to COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, expressing their dissatisfaction with how operations have been managed at the SABC over the last few weeks.

"Our newsroom has become a source of derision, despair and criticism from the people that we are fundamentally accountable to, the public at large," the letter read.

"The developments of the past week have heightened this sense of fear, lack of clarity about our journalistic responsibility and low staff morale."

- Read: Fear, lack of clarity, low staff morale at SABC – journalists to Hlaudi

'No revolt'

SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe on Tuesday said there was no revolt at the SABC.

“The SABC is stable,” he told reporters at its Auckland Park head office, via video link from the SABC's Polokwane studio.

He said he was surprised people thought there was an internal revolt. He believed people were spreading rumours and that they simply wanted to keep the SABC from achieving its mandate.

“We need to also understand that people can't be SABC employees forever. People come and go,” he said.

Maguvhe said disciplining employees was an internal matter. He was referring to the suspension of three SABC journalists last Thursday.

- Read more: SABC journalists threaten news blackout

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