The Democratic Alliance (DA) is today picketing outside Parliament against the dismissal of four journalists by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
DA’s National Spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said they are there in support of the four of the SABC 8 who were fired by SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
“These were hard-working, committed, journalists who committed the “sin” of standing up for the integrity of the SABC,” said van Damme.
Van Damme added they will hand over a memorandum to the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, and Mr Jackson Mthembu’s parliamentary offices.
“We are calling on African National Congress’s Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to walk the talkand support the DA’s call for an urgent meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Communications to consider the ongoing crisis at the SABC,” said van Damme.
On Monday four SABC journalists, Jacques Steenkamp, Krivani Pillay, Foeta Krige and Suna Venter, were dismissed by the public broadcaster.
The four journalists are part of a group of eight which took a stand against the SABC for censorship over the broadcaster’s decision not to broadcast violent protests.
Van Damme said the aim of their picket is to demand that the Parliament takes action over this debacle.
“What is happening at the public broadcaster is prime example of the systemic party capture, which continues to take shape in our country,” said van Damme.
In the memorandum, the DA’s demands include: the immediate reinstatement of the four of the SABC 8 fired, dropping of all disciplinary charges against the rest of the SABC 8 ,the broadcaster to immediately implement ICASA’s decision reversing the ban on the airing of footage of violent protests and the suspension of Motsoeneng.
Van Damme reiterated and said they will fight with their all to prevent the SABC from joining the long line of captured institutions, including the Hawks, the NPA and SARS, which serve, not the people of South Africa, but at the behest of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC.
By Senzile Kubheka