Today's Big Stories

SABC fires seven out of eight suspended journos

The SABC has now dismissed seven of the eight journalists who were recently suspended for speaking out against the controversial editorial policies.

Among the axed group - dubbed the SABC 8 - is senior journalist Lukhanyo Calata, the son of one of the four Cradock civic leaders abducted and killed by security police in the 1980s.

Below is a copy of his dismissal letter:

At the same time, lobby group Media Monitoring Africa has urged the SABC to implement Icasa's recent ruling while the broadcaster's management find the legal grounds on which to review the matter.

Communications regulator Icasa has also warned the SABC to comply with its instruction to withdraw the broadcast ban on violent protest visuals.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng refuses to do lift the editorial order, and said that he is willing to take the matter to court.

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says the SABC could be held in contempt or face serious sanctions if it does not comply.

They need to implement the ruling. If they don't.. they could ultimately have their licence withdrawn.

William Bird, Executive Director of Media Monitoring Africa

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
ICASA warns SABC over decision to defy broadcast ban ruling

ICASA warns SABC over decision to defy broadcast ban ruling

ICASA has warned the SABC to comply with its ruling recommending a lift the broadcast ban on destruction of property in protests.

Law society calls on SABC to comply with Icasa order

Law society calls on SABC to comply with Icasa order

Law Society says non compliance will send the wrong message to our young democracy about the rule of law.

Icasa ruling not legally binding - SABC's Kaizer Kganyago

Icasa ruling not legally binding - SABC's Kaizer Kganyago

The SABC has clarified its response to Monday's Icasa order, saying their recommendations will be challenged.

ICASA says it awaits SABC's official response on editorial ruling

ICASA says it awaits SABC's official response on editorial ruling

SABC COO says the public broadcaster is prepared to take the matter of its editorial changes to the Constitutional Court.

Icasa orders SABC to withdraw decision to ban visuals of violent protests

Icasa orders SABC to withdraw decision to ban visuals of violent protests

Independent Communications Authority says SABC overstepped it's responsibilities and contravened principles within Constitution.

Lobby group sets Monday deadline for Icasa to announce ruling on SABC

Lobby group sets Monday deadline for Icasa to announce ruling on SABC

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says he hopes that Icasa's delay in announcing the ruling is not politically-motivated.

Popular articles
Ocean View protests Day 3: Police use water cannon to disperse crowd

Ocean View protests Day 3: Police use water cannon to disperse crowd

The community is demanding that the police act accordingly and remove gangsters from their community.

[LISTEN] Makhosi Khoza spills the beans on why she quit the ANC

[LISTEN] Makhosi Khoza spills the beans on why she quit the ANC

She says President Zuma was uncomfortable with her and her decisions which saw changes to the ANC and Motsoeneng ousted.

[Watch] Payday dance: Never a dull moment in Cape Town

[Watch] Payday dance: Never a dull moment in Cape Town

Even slow-moving traffic cannot dampen the mood in Cape Town because payday came early. Watch Capetonians celebrating payday.

KPMG International's meeting with Pravin Gordhan

KPMG International's meeting with Pravin Gordhan

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pauli van Wyk, a journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

Ocean View activist speaks: We have had 20 murders in 2017 alone

Ocean View activist speaks: We have had 20 murders in 2017 alone

Sharone Daniels, a community activist in Cape Town's Ocean View says they need police intervention to end gang violence.

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

[WATCH] Day-Zero for water running out fast approaching?

A government employee emailed John Maytham about what he or she believes is the real state of play with the Cape water crisis.