SABC in spotlight as ANC top brass meet with Muthambi


Journalists are expected to picket outside the SABCs Auckland Park offices on Friday morning.

JOHANNESBURG - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is expected to meet with ANC top brass in Johannesburg today.

This follows weeks of turmoil at the SABC over its decision to ban visual presentation of violent protests and the destruction of public property.

Several journalists were suspended over their unhappiness with the recent editorial changes.

Others who expressed their concern at developments at the state broadcaster, have had their pending disciplinary action postponed.

Lobby group Media Monitoring Africa has given the regulator until today to respond to its complaint over the ban it calls censorship.

The governing party has also called out COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng&39;s decision to ban protest visuals as unconstitutional, and believes the problems stem from a lack of leadership.

Eight prominent foundations, including the Chief Albert Luthuli, the Desmond and Leah Tutu, Robert Sobukwe, Helen Suzman, FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki foundations, also expressed concern at recent events at the SABC in a strongly worded statement.

At the same time the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is still deliberating the broadcasters shift in editorial policy.



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