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Parly committee impressed with recommendations from SABC 8

These include how the SABC board should be composed, the issue of 'enforcers' in the newsroom and the security of journalists.

FILE: The SABC office block in Aukland Park. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The so-called SABC 8 are calling for an internal ombudsperson at the public broadcaster and an increase in public funding as part of its response to an interim report by a parliamentary committee probing the former SABC board’s fitness to hold office.

The committee on Tuesday started considering the 18 responses it’s received to its report.

The inquiry has agreed to consider the recommendations made by the SABC 8 when it starts drafting its own recommendations to Parliament.

The SABC 8 have submitted a slew of recommendations to the parliamentary committee in response to its interim report.

These include how the board should be composed, the issue of so-called “enforcers” in the newsroom and the security of the affected journalists.

Their response is not being shared publicly but committee chairperson Vincent Smith says he’s impressed.

“The SABC 8 really was, for me, forward-looking. This is matters for the interim board and going beyond.”

The committee agreed that the SABC 8 had made useful recommendations that should be forwarded to the portfolio committee on communications to determine their feasibility for practical implementation.

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