D-Day for SABC to abide by Icasa ruling may see fight heading to court

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Today is the last day the SABC has to confirm in writing to Icasa that it will abide by the ruling to remove its controversial ban on screening violent public protest footage.

Icasa’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) last week ruled in favour of media lobby groups who had brought forward a complaint over the matter, arguing that it amounted to censorship and was unconstitutional.

SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, vehemently went against the ruling, saying the broadcaster would not be altering its policy.

The SABC’s legal representative, Titus Mchunu, said in a written response sent to the CCC that “the SABC is in the process of considering its decision to review the order granted by Icasa, but is unable to do so, as the judgment made available does not, on the face of it, appear to be an order of the council of Icasa”.

The public broadcaster said it will take the legal route and approach the courts today to have the ruling reviewed.

Should it not abide by Icasa’s ruling, it would be deemed as non-compliance and the public broadcaster may be fined or even possibly have its broadcasting licence revoked.