The Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister of communications‚
Phumzile Van Damme, released a statement saying it was an absurd decision which
was “a result of the new SABC editorial policy approved in secret by Minister of
Communications, Faith Muthambi, and the SABC Board in February this year”.
“Editorial decisions should be made by news editors‚ and not
politically appointed management‚ in order to insulate news decisions from any
commercial or political considerations,” she said.
SANEF held a brief discussion earlier today where they decided a
way forward regarding the SABC’s statement.
“We’re trying to understand the context of the decision taken by
the SABC and plan to put forward an appeal for them to reconsider,” Mkhabela
Right2Know has also vowed to take a form of action against the
In the meantime, they’re calling on journalists, especially SABC
workers, to put pressure on management “to reverse this unconstitutional
decision,” Mtabane said.
“Community media should also pull up their socks and make sure that
community news are given first preference,” she added.
The DA has said it is in the process of considering its legal
options following the announcement.