Suspended SABC employees gagged amid disciplinary hearing

The three suspended journalists say they are no longer able to speak publicly about issues at the SABC.

The three suspended SABC journalists - from left Foeta Krige, Thandeka Gqubule & Suna Venter. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - One of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's(SABC) employees, who is facing disciplinary action for criticising the broadcaster's editorial policy, says while staffers fear speaking out publicly about what's happening at the SABC, they'll find other ways of voicing their concerns.

Producer Suna Venter is one of three employees who were suspended for questioning the public broadcaster's decision not to broadcast a right to know protest outside its premises.

Six others face disciplinary action for criticising recent controversial editorial policies.

Venter says she and her suspended colleagues are no longer able to speak publicly about issues at the SABC, due to disciplinary measures being taken against them.

"It's very hard because we deal with truth, we deal with fact and information."

But she says they will continue to attend gatherings that call for change.

"Our presence at Constitution Hill, at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hearings is enough."

Various organisations are now threatening to hold more pickets against the SABC and to approach the Constitutional Court for urgent intervention.

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To read the full letter from the former SABC executives, click here.