R2K leads pickets across SA against SABC’s protest footage decision

R2K is protesting against the SABC’s decision not to broadcast footage of public property being destroyed.

Members of The Right to Know campaign gathered in front of the SABC building in Sea Point. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Right to Know (R2K) Campaign is leading a series of pickets at some South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) offices in the country.

The organisation is protesting the company's decision not to broadcast visuals of public property being destroyed during protests.

A small group of R2K members have gathered in front of the SABC's offices in Sea Point, Cape Town.

Earlier, protesters refused to be moved by police officers, who asked that they move away from the main entrance.

In a memorandum, the group accuses the public broadcaster of turning itself into a propaganda machine of the African National Congress (ANC).

The campaign adds that as a public broadcaster, the SABC has a duty to inform the public and uphold free expression.

It's accused the public broadcaster of censorship and has urged the broadcaster to fulfil its duty of upholding freedom of expression.

R2K's Mark Weinberg says they're calling for the removal of the public broadcaster's Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneg, after he announced the ban.

"A lot of the irrational and unilateral decisions that we see coming from the SABC management, come directly from him, and we honestly believe that he has no legitimacy and no place in SABC management."

The campaign handed over the memorandum of demands to the broadcaster's officials in Cape Town today.


While the SABC makes it's submission to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa today, to explain its recent decision not to broadcast images of state property being destroyed during protests, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says it considering legal action against the public broadcaster over its unbalanced coverage of opposition parties.

The DA also says the ANC has received nearly three times more coverage on the SABC this month alone.

The party says it's been analysing the SABC over the past few weeks and has noticed that coverage of opposition parties is unfair.

The DA's shadow Minister of Communications Phumzile Van Damme.

"The coverage splits for the three largest political parties on terrestrial TV news, since 5 June, reveals a disparity between the parties in question."

Van Damme says they will be approaching communication watchdog ICASA if the situation doesn't change.

"This is because we believe that it is important that the SABC complies with its legal obligations. Imposed on it in terms of the regulations."