SABC’s Maguvhe: “I still think we were right and I maintain we were right”

The SABC has responded to Icasa’s Complaints Committee recommendation that the SABC should drop its editorial policy regarding the broadcasting of violent footage during protests.

SABC board chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe called the “urgent” briefing to address “current issues pertaining to the organisation.”

South Africa’s Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was also expected to meet with the ANC top management in Johannesburg on Monday regarding the broadcaster.

“I wasn’t surprised (about the Icasa ruling) and I know that you want to know why. It is not because I didn’t believe in what we have done, but that is how things are done in our country these days,” Maguvhe said.

Maguvhe said that he is expected as chairperson and as SABC to reverse their decision in five days.

“I want to say to media representative that I still believe that we are right and maintain that we are right. We have never imposed a blanket ban on these visuals. For us it is not a blanket ban, but a veil – you can still see through it,” he said.

Regarding to the further steps that the SABC is going to take, “between now and five days we will engage our legal team, and if their advice is that we review the matter, that is what we are going to do. It is a moral and conscious decision that we have taken. We are worried as the SABC that freedom of info doesn’t mean that our children who smiles are not ready to digest the visuals.”

As for the SABC’s financials, Maguvhe said that the individuals who have leaked the information on the broadcaster’s financial state are the ones who are misleading the nation.

“It is the board that can borrow money from any institutions, and this matter has never been brought up for interrogation. We are financially stable, that is why we can pay staff and providers in time,” he said.

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