Criminal charges laid against SABC by Icasa

This follows noncompliance by the public broadcaster to requests by Icasa to remove the ban on the airing of public, violent protests.

Under embattled SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s tenure as CEO, the SABC issued a directive that it would refrain from broadcasting violent protests.

This not only led to the SABC 8 saga, where staff who objected to a ban on airing visuals of violent protests were either released from their contracts, suspended or hauled in before disciplinary hearings, but the Independent Broadcasting Authority (Icasa) instructed the SABC in writing to lift the ban.

Icasa councillor Nomvuyiso Batyi said despite numerous written demands to comply, the SABC failed to do so, leaving it with no choice but to lay criminal charges against the public broadcaster.

Watch Icasa brief on the charges below:

– Caxton News Service

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