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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 they could ultimately have their licence withdrawn.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

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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

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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.

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