Report death threats, SABC witnesses told

2016-12-14 20:07
SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata protests for journalist's rights outside the SABC offices in Cape Town. (File, Paul Herman, News24)

SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata protests for journalist's rights outside the SABC offices in Cape Town. (File, Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town – Members of the "SABC 8" have been advised by Parliament's ad hoc committee looking into the fitness of the broadcaster to go to the police and report death threats they have allegedly been receiving.

This after one of the journalists shared a threatening message they had received with a member of Parliament.

The eight journalists were fired after objecting to censorship at the broadcaster ahead of the August local government elections. All but one were subsequently rehired after they challenged their dismissal in court.

UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa on Wednesday told the committee that he received a copy of the message from one of the journalists who testified in Parliament this week.

"Traitors, protecting your white friends in Parliament who started this, telling lies about your comrades. You are the blood flow," it read.

Chairperson Vincent Smith told the committee that he had received communication from the police on Wednesday afternoon.

"Please advise whoever has death threats to report to police immediately and supply us with a case number. We can only act on what has been reported," he said.

Those affected must report the matter urgently so it can be dealt with, Smith said.

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