Uncertainty over disciplinary hearings of 3 suspended SABC journalists

When asked for a response, the SABC said it would not discuss internal issues in public.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Clarity is now needed regarding the disciplinary hearings of three suspended South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists.

Thandeka Gqubule, Foeta Krige and Suna Venter were suspended for criticising the decision to stop broadcasting protests.

Their hearings were set to begin tomorrow but union representatives say proceedings have been postponed indefinitely.

When asked for a response, the SABC said it would not discuss internal issues in public.

A number of protests are being planned by the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Campaign against the decision to stop broadcasting visuals of protests.

There has also been widespread criticism of the decision to suspend three journalists, who had requested a meeting to discuss this decision.

Last night, eight SABC journalists, who are facing disciplinary action, were each awarded with the Nat Nakasa Award for taking a stand.

Sanef's Mahlatse Gallens said, "We are elated that the award went to the SABC eight which are the people who have shown resilience and courage."

The issue of editorial control at the SABC is set to be discussed with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at Luthuli House tomorrow.