Online petition launched to challenge SABC's ban on violent protest visuals

Online portal awethu.amandla.mobi has launched an online petition to challenge the SABC's decision not to broadcast visuals of violent protests on television.

This morning more than 4 000 people had signed the petition.

CapeTalk's John Maytham spoke to Koketso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi.

Moeti says it is concerning that the SABC has opted out of the public consultation process, where the public can comment on its draft policies.

She says SABC's COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has expanded his role as COO to play a powerful editorial role, which is not part of a COO mandate.

The role is very specific to the Editor in Chief and not the COO. This is all happening on the backdrop of a cloud around his qualifications and other irregularities at the SABC.

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi

Moeti says that by refusing to air all the footage, the SABC's coverage of violent protests in Tshwane, was unable to give a clear picture of what was going on.

As a public broadcaster this is completely shocking. Clearly it is affecting the reportage. We need to know what is going on in our country and we need to know when people are unhappy.

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi

Listen to the full conversation below:

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