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‘SABC needs to listen to public’s views on censorship policy’

Mantashe says negative reaction to the SABC’s changes to editorial policy is what its bosses should listen to.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says if the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) wants to be a better public broadcaster, it needs to listen to the views of the public.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) yesterday recommended the broadcaster reverse its ban on footage which shows state property being destroyed, but Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng says no one will tell the SABC what to do.

Mantashe was speaking at Luthuli house earlier today, following the party's national working committee (NWC) meeting.

Motsoeneng has described the reaction to its protest ban as "a hullabaloo".

But Mantashe says that reaction is exactly what SABC bosses need to listen to.

"We are hoping that the people at the SABC will realise that to defy everybody in society does not make them a better public broadcaster."

The ANC's secretary general says the party's NWC stands firm with the communications sub committee's position against any form of censorship at the public broadcaster.