While the SABC has denied claims that three of its radio stations have gone off the air due to its employees going on strike on Thursday, the union Bemawu says they have 'been out in full force' and the broadcast coverage of the African National Congress (ANC) 54th National Conference may be affected.
On Thursday the public broadcaster's Kaizer Kganyago confirmed only current affairs shows at its radio stations have been affected.
The striking employees are demanding salary increases.
Bemawu's Hannes du Buisson says the union has not targeted the conference in particular.
I think that if listeners and viewers are not going to see and hear the content, they should not be upset with the employees at the SABC but of course the people that are holding the purse.— Hannes du Buisson, Bemawu spokesperson
The SABC is making contingency plans. We have not been out in full strike as yet. We intend to step up whatever strike action if we do not settle this matter. I am currently in a conciliation process, we are sitting with the SABC to try and resolve this issue.— Hannes du Buisson, Bemawu spokesperson
We know that their cash flow has improved significantly, we are seeing bonuses being paid out, new equipment being installed, positions advertised, so we do not believe there is no money.— Hannes du Buisson, Bemawu spokesperson
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