Today's Big Stories

SABC fires seven out of eight suspended journos

The SABC has now dismissed seven of the eight journalists who were recently suspended for speaking out against the controversial editorial policies.

Among the axed group - dubbed the SABC 8 - is senior journalist Lukhanyo Calata, the son of one of the four Cradock civic leaders abducted and killed by security police in the 1980s.

Below is a copy of his dismissal letter:

At the same time, lobby group Media Monitoring Africa has urged the SABC to implement Icasa's recent ruling while the broadcaster's management find the legal grounds on which to review the matter.

Communications regulator Icasa has also warned the SABC to comply with its instruction to withdraw the broadcast ban on violent protest visuals.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng refuses to do lift the editorial order, and said that he is willing to take the matter to court.

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says the SABC could be held in contempt or face serious sanctions if it does not comply.

They need to implement the ruling. If they don't.. they could ultimately have their licence withdrawn.

William Bird, Executive Director of Media Monitoring Africa

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
ICASA warns SABC over decision to defy broadcast ban ruling

ICASA warns SABC over decision to defy broadcast ban ruling

ICASA has warned the SABC to comply with its ruling recommending a lift the broadcast ban on destruction of property in protests.

Law society calls on SABC to comply with Icasa order

Law society calls on SABC to comply with Icasa order

Law Society says non compliance will send the wrong message to our young democracy about the rule of law.

Icasa ruling not legally binding - SABC's Kaizer Kganyago

Icasa ruling not legally binding - SABC's Kaizer Kganyago

The SABC has clarified its response to Monday's Icasa order, saying their recommendations will be challenged.

ICASA says it awaits SABC's official response on editorial ruling

ICASA says it awaits SABC's official response on editorial ruling

SABC COO says the public broadcaster is prepared to take the matter of its editorial changes to the Constitutional Court.

Icasa orders SABC to withdraw decision to ban visuals of violent protests

Icasa orders SABC to withdraw decision to ban visuals of violent protests

Independent Communications Authority says SABC overstepped it's responsibilities and contravened principles within Constitution.

Lobby group sets Monday deadline for Icasa to announce ruling on SABC

Lobby group sets Monday deadline for Icasa to announce ruling on SABC

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says he hopes that Icasa's delay in announcing the ruling is not politically-motivated.

Popular articles
Money makes the world go 'round (but sex makes it spin!)

Money makes the world go 'round (but sex makes it spin!)

Bruce Whitfield interviews "Dr Eve" Wasserman about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc).

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

In 2001 Naspers invested $32 million in (then tiny) Tencent. Learn more about the wildly profitable Chinese behemoth...

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?