SABC inquiry hears journalist shot in face


File: Solidarity has given the SABC until noon Thursday to reinstate three suspended senior journalists.

CAPE TOWN - The parliamentary ad hoc committee looking into the fitness of the SABC board heard on Friday that a SABC journalist was shot in the face last year with an air rifle. 

The incident occurred in November last year when Suna Venter --one of the journalists who took the broadcaster to court after they were fired for questioning editorial directives -- was getting into her car. 

Doctors later removed foreign objects from the wound, apparently from a pellet gun.

Democratic Alliance national spokesperson and MP Phumzile Van Damme was alerted to the incident by Venter last year and has called on Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to report on what is being done to protect SABC journalists from intimidation.

Parliament's ad hoc committee probing the fitness of the SABC board is meeting on Friday to finalise its draft report.

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Some MPs want the interim report shared with all affected parties, before it is finalised, but others disagree, saying that the committee is now dragging its feet.

Committee chair Vincent Smith wants clarity on the rules before a final decision is reached; he has asked Parliament's legal advisers to look into the matter.

On Thursday, the culpability of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi in the problems at the SABC were a point of contention.




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