Parliament ‘deeply concerned’ by SABC dismissals

2016-07-20 15:27

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Parliament is deeply concerned by recent developments at the SABC, including the dismissal of eight journalists this week, its portfolio committee on communications said on Wednesday.

“Although not privy to the merits and demerits of the cases, resignations and dismissals of employees are a reason for concern, especially in a country with high levels of unemployment,” chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana said in a statement.

“The SABC’s mandate is to broadcast in the public interest, but lately there has been public outcry about developments at the corporation. This is another reason for concern.”

Eight journalists, dubbed the SABC 8, have approached the Constitutional Court after they were fired on Monday and Tuesday this week.

On Wednesday, the High Court in Pretoria interdicted the SABC from enforcing its ban on broadcasting violent protests.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was expected to appear before the committee on August 23 to discuss issues under her purview.

The committee would use the meeting to get a better understanding of developments at the SABC. It hoped the broadcaster would abide by Wednesday's high court order.

Make a donation to the SABC 8 here

Read more on:    sabc  |  cape town  |  parliament 2016

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


And the Paws24 and Hill's winners are ...

Find out who the winners of our Paws24 pet pics and Q&a competitions are...



Keep your family and pets safe from rabies
5 scientific benefits of owning a cat
Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.