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Get all the highlights from the SABC's media briefing following the Icasa ruling that it must withdraw its decision to not air footage of violent protests.
Watch a live stream of the briefing here:
IN SUMMARY: So after a delay of more than half an hour, the SABC board finally addressed the media after Icasa's ruling that it must reverse its decision to ban visuals of violent protests.
SABC chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe began the briefing by apologising for the late start. He then stated that the SABC will consider the Icasa ruling and get advice from their legal team. He maintained that the decision not to braodcast images of violent protests was correct. He also stated that reports of financial collapse at the broadcaster was untrue.
But as is the case at most SABC briefings, all eyes were on COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng who insisted that matters between employers and employees are dealt with within the organisation. This was in response to a question about the suspension of some SABC staff.
Soon after 16:00, Right2Know activist and spokesperson Micah Reddy was removed by security from the briefing after holding up a poster and shouting "Hlaudi must go!"
Motsoeneng ended the briefing by telling reporters that he was stressed. "I walk tall, I talk tall," he said.
Smiling, Hlaudi says he's not stressed. He says he performs well under pressure. I walk tall, I talk tall. There is energy within me. He says it's only a minority that's against him. He says: Those who criticise me, I like them. I need them.
He did refer to himself several times in the third person.
And thus ends the briefing.
What you are seeing is fair coverage, insists the COO.
Now he's asked how he's coping with all the criticism thrown his way.
Now explaining the Uzalo matter. Says Uzalo was a show produced by an emerging production house. When investors invest they look for an audience. He says they are a broadcasting business and they have to do their research. - Hlaudi
It can't be right that we as business can't do business with a president's son or daughter. We can't punish people because they are related to politicians. They are adults.
I don't overrule people because I want to - Hlaudi
I meet everybody all the production houses emerging and known...that is my duty. I'm COO of this organisation and that is my duty - Hlaudi
Wow! How did we get here? I proudly worked for the SABC under @mthombothi & Dr Mathatha Tsedu. What's currently happening is sad.— Clayson Monyela (@ClaysonMonyela) July 11, 2016
Wow! How did we get here? I proudly worked for the SABC under @mthombothi & Dr Mathatha Tsedu. What's currently happening is sad.
So, according to the SABC, all matters concerning employers and employees are internal matters of no concern to anyone else. Bosses rule?— Terry Bell (@telbelsa) July 11, 2016
So, according to the SABC, all matters concerning employers and employees are internal matters of no concern to anyone else. Bosses rule?
We as SABC are on track. We are not apologetic on the issues that we deal on. It's still hullabaloo when people talk about censorship - Hlaudi
Every newsroom censors stories every day, he says.
Acting CEO speaks on Matlala. The issue is still being dealt with its an internal matter between employer and employees, he says.
And now Hlaudi is up...
"We are financially stable that's why we can pay our service providers and our staff members on time."
Now onto questions from reporters.
Chair Maguvhe moves on to matters financial: I see reports that we are on the brink of a financial collapse, the person who leaked that is misleading.
News24 also reported earlier that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has confirmed that she is following up
on a report she compiled two years ago on governance failures at the
This following a number of high-profile changes implemented at the
broadcaster recently, including banning the airing of protests on
A number of journalists at the SABC have since been either charged or suspended for voicing their objections to the decision.
And still we wait...
In the meantime, take a look at Faith Daniels's column asking if this is the beginning of the end for SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
I wish I could be a fly on the wall on Monday, when Communications Minister Faith Muthambi marches into Luthuli House
and explains the SABC chaos, Daniels writes. It will surely make for an interesting
conversation and could signal big changes at the public broadcaster.
doubt this will be a quick in-and-out for Muthambi. The current
situation will take some explaining – and the result of the meeting must
speak volumes," she says.
The SABC is due to hold a media briefing on Monday afternoon following the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (Icasa) ruling that it must withdraw its decision to not air footage of
Acting chairperson of Icasa
Rubben Mohlaloga reportedly made the announcement at a media briefing in
Johannesburg on Monday, after a number of civil bodies laid a complaint
over the public broadcaster’s decision to ban footage of violence.
The SABC's chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe will head the briefing.
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