Civil society organisations planning mass action against SABC editorial policy

A collective of civil society organisations are deliberating a way forward to bring South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to book regarding the editorial policies. This after he reneged on a scheduled meeting to discuss various issues relating to recent developments at the organisation.

The national broadcaster has recently come under criticism after Motsoeneng banned the broadcasting of public protests in what he claims to be a focus on "telling South Africa's good story". In recent weeks, various journalists have been suspended and charged for seeking clarification on editorial policies that stifle media freedom.

In what is seen as an about-turn, the African National Congress (ANC) national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, called for a probe into the troubled broadcaster.

702's John Robbie spoke to National Coordinator of SOS Coalition, Sekoetlane Phamodi, regarding the state of play around the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

We are going to have mass rolling action throughout this week and next week until Mr Motsoeneng opens up the doors of the SABC and begins to engage with us in good faith.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, National Coordinator of SOS Coalition

These are the issues that the group were hoping to discuss with Motsoeneng in a scheduled meeting he reneged on:

  • lifting the suspension of 7 journalists without conditions
  • ensuring that the unions are allowed to organise workers who are being absorbed into the SABC from labour broker contracts
  • engaging the editorial policy of the SABC which are stifling media freedom

15 minutes before the scheduled meeting, Mr Motsoeneng phoned Zwelinzima Vavi and said that he and his team have discussed the matter and are not lifting the suspensions at all.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, National Coordinator of SOS Coalition
Read More
MEC Mahlangu clarifies confusion around late payment of workers

MEC Mahlangu clarifies confusion around late payment of workers

The Gauteng MEC of Health has assured workers that their salaries will be paid to them by the 23rd of this month.

Eskom CEO, #WitsShutDown and State of Capture report marks explosive 2016

Eskom CEO, #WitsShutDown and State of Capture report marks explosive 2016

EWN reporter, Gia Nicolaides, shares her news year for 2016.

SA gears up to celebrate the historic signing of "model Constitution"

SA gears up to celebrate the historic signing of "model Constitution"

South Africa's constitution was signed on December 10, 1996 in Sharpville.

Parliamentary adhoc committee slams SABC delegation walkout

Parliamentary adhoc committee slams SABC delegation walkout

The walkout by the SABC delegation has been criticised as a delay tactic aimed at frustrating Parliament's oversight proceedings.

Joburg Mayor "handicapped" from acting against hijacked buildings

Joburg Mayor "handicapped" from acting against hijacked buildings

Herman Mashaba has stern words for people who do not "abide by the country's rule of law".

Petrol price back down, but for how long?

Petrol price back down, but for how long?

Rocco Strydom of Elegant Fuel says consumers should enjoy the lower prices while they last.