WATCH: Lukhanyo Calata on SABC censorship


Johannesburg, 27 June 2016 - SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata says the censorship at the public broadcaster is outrageous and flies in the face of what struggle veterans fought for. ?

JOHANNESBURG – SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata says he is saddened by what he&39;s calling the disturbing direction being taken by his employer, the SABC.

His father, Fort Calata, was a member of the so-called Cradock Four, who were killed exactly 31 years ago.

“Today is quite an important day for me and my family because 31 years ago on June 27, 1985, my father and his three colleagues went from Cradock to Port Elizabeth and they never returned,” he said.

“When I woke up today and I checked Twitter and saw that my former boss Jimi Matthews had resigned I just thought this was not what my father died for,” said Calata.

Matthews submitted his resignation letter on Monday morning. Shortly after that a letter to board members from senior SABC journalists questioning the editorial policy of the broadcaster was also made public.

Calata said that the problem is a bit bigger than just what’s happening at the SABC.

“This is not the kind of country my father and his colleagues would have laid down their lives for,” he said.

Calata is based in Cape Town and covers Parliament for the state broadcaster. He said that the censorship and controls are making it a very difficult environment to work in.

“On many occasions I’ve received phone calls from editors who told us we can’t do something, or we can’t use this footage and I’ve often asked why?”

“I don’t want to knock the SABC but I was a journalist before I went to there. I do feel in some cases we’re not trusted enough to make our own minds to tell a story in a manner that’s fair and ethical,” said Calata.

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