'The SABC's new editorial policy on violent protests is unconstitutional'

Gwede Mantashe addressed the media today following Icasa’s decision over SABC’s editorial policies.

FILE: A sign outside the offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says matters relating to corporate governance problems at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will receive urgent attention from the party.

Mantashe addressed the media earlier today, saying the SABC's new editorial policy on violent protests is unconstitutional.

The corporation said yesterday that it would take the issue of its editorial policies to court if need be after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) ordered that the policies be withdrawn.

Mantashe confirmed that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi did not attend yesterday's meeting where she was invited by the party's sub-committee on communications to explain developments at the SABC.

He did not say what role Muthambi will play in resolving issues at the SABC or what action the ANC's parliamentary caucus will take.

"The ANC's parliamentary caucus is also expected to give the SABC the requisite attention."

Mantashe says while it was critical for Muthambi to attend that meeting, her absence was not an act of defiance.