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It is with shock and disbelief and incredible sadness that we heard yesterday about the passing of Jeanette Minnie. Jeanette played a significant role as a founding member of the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition.  At the SOS launch meeting in June 2008 she shared her experiences as an activist in the early 1990s. She...

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The SOS Coalition welcomes the Cabinet statement delivered by Minister Jeff Radebe concerning the ongoing crisis of principled leadership at the SABC. In his statement Minister Radebe made it clear that the reappointment of Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has been at the centre of scandal and the destabilisation of the SABC, to a senior position...

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Since we launched the campaign to Save our SABC on Black Friday which was on 1 July 2016, we at the SOS Coalition have been consistent in our six demands to catalyse the turn-around of the SABC which has been in crisis for ten years, since the emergence of the 2006 blacklisting scandal. These demands...

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In another landslide victory for the soul of the SABC, the Labour Court, today, found in favour of four of the SABC 8. In the robust judgment handed down by Lagrange J, the Labour Court ordered that: The application to hear the matter on an urgent basis, is upheld; The SABC’s summary dismissal of four of the five applicants...

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Since 02 July 2016, the Campaign to Save Our SABC, which constitutes individuals, organisations and movements campaigning for social and economic justice for all has campaigned for and built up a broad front of activists committed to the independence and credibility of our national public broadcaster. From the very outset, we have been clear about...

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Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition welcome the application for direct access to the Constitutional Court by the “SABC 8” MMA & SOS together with a range of other institutions including the FXI and Sanef have been cited as respondents and we will be submitting our papers accordingly. We see this...

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We have reached out to the ANC to insist that the Party refrain from interfering in the affairs of our national public broadcaster, the SABC, which has been the site of its internal factional battles, and use its legitimate influence in Parliament and Government to rein in its renegade Minister of Communication. Faith Muthambi has been...

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Basebenzi, In recent days we have seen the situation at the SABC decline even further. We have watched the renegade COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, enabled by a lame-duck Board and a delinquent Minister of Communications suspend seven workers without due process for a range of trumped-up charges. The basis of these charges concern workers’ refusal to...

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng has lied to us again. He didn’t bother to even turn up for a meeting he committed himself to, to address the current suspension of several SABC staff who are now facing disciplinary action on Friday. The SABC’s refusal to lift the suspension of seven journalists is a direct threat to the ability...

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Today, media workers in the SABC convened and led a gathering and march from the SABC to Constitution Hill to draw attention to the crisis in the SABC. Part of the crisis has been the recent blanket-ban of coverage of local protests justified by appeals to respectability around protest. While we assembled outside the SABC,...

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