MEDIA STATEMENT | SABC REMOVES THE 2008 CLAUSE ON INTERCEPTION OF EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATION  

Johannesburg – Thursday, 05 August 2021 – The SABC has noted concerns raised by various stakeholders regarding a 2008 clause in the SABC employment contracts dealing with the Corporation’s right to intercept, monitor and read any communications of employees.

While this is a standard clause that has been included in all employment contracts since 2008, it is not intended to violate the rights of journalists or their sources of information. Journalists and their sources of information are adequately protected by the SABC’s Editorial Policies of 2020.

However, the SABC appreciates how this clause may be misunderstood and has therefore decided to remove it from all employment contracts with immediate effect.  This will be effective for all new contracts and will be retrospectively implemented as well.

For the avoidance of doubt, the clause will not be applicable for all contracts, existing and new.

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Issued By:                           Group Communications

 

Media Enquiries:                 Ms. Gugu Ntuli (Group Executive: Corporate Affairs and Marketing)

NtuliGM@sabc.co.za|T. 011 714 3311|C. 071 877 0513