BCCSA lets 5FM DJ off the hook over axe attack joke

2015-03-23 14:55
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Johannesburg - Comments by DJ and 5FM contributor Sol Phenduka about Marli van Breda “did not go so far as to justify an intervention”, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA has ruled.  

Van Breda, 16, who was injured in an attack at her De Zalze family home in January, was described by Phenduka as “gorgeous”. He also said he would “like to axe her out” but that he “wouldn’t X her”.

Following an outcry, Phenduka was suspended and 5FM apologised for any offense caused, Women24 reported.

But the BCCSA says that, although the complaints were “understandable and the remarks clearly unacceptable in the circumstances, they did not go so far as to justify an intervention” under the Broadcasting Code, the Times reported.

It ruled that social norms would condemn Phunduka’s remarks “a legal intervention would tend to carve away at the freedom of expression principle in our Constitution”.

It also noted that the SABC had already taken internal steps to address the matter.

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