SABC to appeal M&G ruling again

2011-06-09 19:12

Johannesburg - The SABC will make a third attempt at challenging a ruling that it broadcast an apology to the Mail & Guardian and reporter Sam Sole, it said on Thursday.

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) had ordered that the SABC broadcast a summary of its judgment against the SABC on the 19:00 news after it broadcast an item that suggested that Sole had accepted bribes from British businessman John Sterenborg in return for publishing damaging allegations of corruption against businessman Robert Gumede.

The BCCSA found that the allegations made by Gumede against Sole were serious and damaging and that he was not given a chance to defend himself.

SABC3 and radio station SAfm were ordered to broadcast an apology. The broadcaster had intentionally or negligently distorted the facts, the BCCSA found.

However, the state broadcaster lost an application for leave to appeal, and tried again by filing an application for leave to appeal with the deputy chairperson of the BCCSA, Professor Henning Viljoen.

This was dismissed.

Their broadcast of the BCCSA's judgment was to have been on June 7.

The SABC said it intended having its appeal heard at the Independent Communications Authority of SA's compliance and complaints committee and also wants the judgment suspended pending this review. "Provision for such a review is made in the Icasa Regulations," said SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

The chairperson of the BCCSA extended the implementation of the judgment to June 14, Kganyago said.

  • Nuraq - 2011-06-09 19:39

    Sorry seems to be the hardest word.

      Dave - 2011-06-09 20:31

      Its not in the vocab of the current government, the only word they have is deny

  • PMG - 2011-06-09 19:42

    Can those morons that run the SABC stop wasting our TAX money and make the bloody apology - use your own money for appeal after appeal.It is oh,so easy to waste other people's hard earned cash.

  • GT - 2011-06-09 19:46

    Sam Sole is as straight as they come. The SABC has been lead down the garden path by Gumede and they just cannot seem to recognise this fact. AS this all goes on taxpayers are coughing for the insane legal fees of this buffoon operation. Someone should be losing their jobs at teh SABC, but I think they are Gumede's pals and are under instruction to keep on fighting. Shameless and brainless.

      Robnob - 2011-06-09 20:09

      Gumede was one of the big funders of the Zuma corruption trial lawyers fees, apparently "gave" R30m to the fund. He is as untouchable as the rest of the ANC bigwigs "founder" of Gijima AST? Last I heard there were 3 white guys who started the company, it only got big when Gumede was awarded government tenders because of the comrade connections.

  • Babba x - 2011-06-09 19:53

    The arrogance of this ANC mouthpeace is unbelievable!! and they carry on wasting taxpayers' money

      CorbZA - 2011-06-09 20:39

      Amen! Even ex-board members have publicly stated that they can be self-funded through advertising. But no, I have to pay sabc even though our tv is just used for a playstation!

  • MrTeaCan - 2011-06-09 19:57

    Anc and SABC i can't even tell the difference anymore

  • John - 2011-06-09 20:26

    It's clear that the SABC board, or whomever is advising them, are not capable of making a rational decision on this issue. Someone in Government needs to take leadership, accept the loss and refocus the management on the right battles. Get with it SABC!

  • RobertKay - 2011-06-09 20:39

    I don't know what's it all about, but if you've been found guilty, and told to apologise, say sorry and bury the matter!

  • Blip - 2011-06-09 20:47

    Pay up, SABC. You stuffed up. Apologise and swallow that dead rat.

  • Nelson - 2011-06-09 22:17

    The SABC and their ANC handlers always play hard-ball and never admit to making mistakes. If it wasn’t for the abuse of public money spent on huge fees to fight legal battles, JZ and many of his comrades would be behind bars.

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