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SABC to challenge ICASA ruling

Monday 11 July 2016 16:41

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Chairperson of the SABC board, Mbulaheni Maguvhe says he maintains that the decision not to broadcast visual of destructions to property was correct.

Chairperson of the SABC board, Prof. Mbulaheni Maguvhe says he maintains that the decision not to broadcast visual of destructions to property was correct.(SABC)

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it is not apologetic about its decision not to broadcast images of violent protests; and will take the decision by the Independent Broadcasting Authority of South Africa (ICASA) ordering the public broadcaster to broadcast violent protests on review.

The SABC will refer a decision by ICASA to its legal team.  

Chairperson of the SABC board, Mbulaheni Maguvhe says he maintains that the decision not to broadcast visual of destruction to property was correct. ICASA gave the SABC until next Monday to respond.

Maguvhe says, “Between now and five days we are going to engage our legal team. And if their advice is we are going to review this matter with the relevant authorities, which would be the High Court and Constitutional Court that is what we are going to do. Because we still believe this is a moral and conscious decision that we have taken.”

ICASA on Monday ordered the SABC to withdraw its decision to no longer broadcast visuals of violent protests. Civil society organisations including Right2Know and the Save Our SABC (SOS) Coalition had lodged a complaint with ICASA saying the SABC's decision was in violation of its role as a public broadcaster.  

Meanwhile, the SOS Coalition says while it welcomes the ICASA’s ruling against the SABC on its decision not to broadcast the destruction of property during protests, it is worried that the public broadcaster may simply ignore the ruling.

According to the SOS Coalition's Sekoetlane Phamodi, “Public institutions have a right to take matters on judicial review. We will be there,  we will be defending the matter. We will ensure that the coverage we get in the run up to the Local Government Elections is free and  fair and we will seek an urgent intervention from ICASA or from a competent court to ensure that the SABC does comply with this ruling as was delivered today (on Monday).”

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