Icasa orders SABC to set aside broadcast ban which SABC denies ever implementing

Despite admitting guilt last year, the SABC is denying that the broadcast ban was ever implemented says Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

Icasa says the public broadcaster failed to withdraw the statement which was made regarding the policy in May 2016 when it announced that it had taken a decision not to publicise any content displaying violent service delivery protests.

Icasa councillor Nomvuyiso Batyi says the regulator went to Parliament to present the very same order to the SABC which was presented in July 2016 - for them to withdraw the ban.

This is the order that the SABC has repeatedly failed to withdraw.

Nomvuyiso Batyi, Icasa Councillor

Batyi says the matter’s now with the Hawks which has been asked to investigate and decide on court action.

Meanwhile, the SABC effectively has no board and could face penalties of up to R1 million or a year in jail for the accounting officer.

The SABC can still redeem itself before Icasa, but I don't know how considering the state they are in.

Nomvuyiso Batyi, Icasa Councillor

Batyi unpacks the other SABC cases currently sitting with Icasa's Compliance and Complaints Committee.

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