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:

Read More
John Maytham's book reviews: Old-school whodunnit and antics of the elderly

John Maytham's book reviews: Old-school whodunnit and antics of the elderly

John's 3 book picks for the week to inspire your weekend reading includes murder, an old age home, and a storybook of photographs.

Price of accessing Table Mountain too steep?

Price of accessing Table Mountain too steep?

Some locals aren't happy with the price of activity permits to access Table Mountain National Park. But, are the costs justified?

Facelift for historic Milnerton bridge at cost of R27m raises eyebrows

Facelift for historic Milnerton bridge at cost of R27m raises eyebrows

The City of Cape Town is to spend nearly R30 million on a contract to restore the century-old wooden bridge over Milnerton Lagoon.

Don't be afraid to chill the delicious Van Loveren River Red 2015

Don't be afraid to chill the delicious Van Loveren River Red 2015

John Maytham's three wine picks of the week are brought to you by Picardi Rebel.

Tweeps use #PoorBaba to taunt President Zuma

Tweeps use #PoorBaba to taunt President Zuma

The hashtag #PoorBaba is being used to make fun of President Jacob Zuma on Twitter.

Twitter's guide to sending DMs (if that's your cup of tea)

Twitter's guide to sending DMs (if that's your cup of tea)

Take notes. Tweeps have made a round up of the Dos and Don'ts that apply when sending direct messages (DMs).