Calls for Icasa to investigate SABC’s alleged ban of radio calls

The Democratic Alliance says the ban is a violation of the SABC’s editorial policy.

FILE: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - There have been calls for an investigation by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) into the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) reported ban of open lines on its radio talk shows in the run up to the local government elections.

The City Press and Sunday Times are reporting the instruction was apparently ordered by SABC Radio General Manager Leuba Ramakgolo.

The Democratic Alliance's Phumzile van Damme says the ban is a violation of the SABC's editorial policy.

"The SABC's decision to ban calls on its radio shows will result in the limitation of varied opinions of on SABC radio shows."

She says all South Africans should be given an opportunity to voice their opinions.

"We trust that Icasa will investigate this matter and carry out its constitutional obligation to regulate South Africa's broadcasting industry."

The broadcaster's Kaiser Kganyago was not immediately available for comment but told the City Press that this wasn't the case.