Former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni speaking at an event in 2008.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC NEC members Tito Mboweni and Derek Hanekom have used Twitter to support media freedoms after journalists picketed outside SABC premises around the country on Friday in protest against increasing censorship at the public broadcaster.
Mboweni, the former Reserve Bank governor, and Tourism Minister Hanekom made their views clear.
On the SABC,I am breaking ranks with the "predominant view"and standing firm on press freedom. Taking the lead from historical ANC positions— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) July 1, 2016
Great Tito. I am totally with you.. Our policies and values have to stand above expressed views. https://t.co/LnDgXXdJxZ— Derek Hanekom (@Derek_Hanekom) July 1, 2016
Journalists have welcomed the support.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa also took to Twitter, saying the pickets outside SABC revealed the real agenda to capture the corporation.
Kodwa has also reportedly said the SABC must be left alone to deal with its issues.