REPORT: SABC agrees to Icasa ruling on protest banning


The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reportedly backtracked on its decision not to show violent protest actions on television.

According to reports, the public broadcaster confirmed it would abide by the ruling of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), that the ban, which perpetuated censorship, would be lifted after it earlier reached an agreement with the Helen Suzman Foundation in the Pretoria High Court.

Trade union Solidarity has meanwhile described the court’s ruling as strengthen its own case in against the broadcaster in the Labour Court on Thursday, where it is expected to represent four SABC journalists axed on Monday evening.

“The fact that the SABC is prevented from applying further censorship by an order of the High Court until the legality of the controversial instruction is adjudicated in court at a later stage is clear proof that the SABC’s censorship is wrong,” Solidarity Deputy Chief Executive Johan Kruger said in a statement.

“This [interdict] paves the way for the Labour Court to rule that the suspensions, disciplinary action and dismissal of the journalists arising from the unlawful instruction are also unfair and should be reversed”.