Stella Ndabeni confident SABC will ‘make right call’ on Icasa ruling

The deputy minister of communications says she believes the board will handle the matter appropriately.

Journalists and people from the media industry gathered outside the SABC in Auckland Park, dressed in black, in support of the national broadcaster's journalists who were suspended for raising concerns about policy changes. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni says she has faith in the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board to make the right call relating to the management of the public broadcaster.

On Monday, the Independent Communications Authority South Africa (Icasa) recommended the broadcaster lift its ban on the airing of protest visuals after several civil society and media activists flagged concerns over censorship.

Ndabeni says the communications ministry will await feedback from the board on Icasa's ruling.

The regulatory body has given the public broadcaster seven days in to which to respond.

Speaking on the side-lines of Mandela Day festivities in Nyanga today, Deputy Minister Ndabeni reiterated her faith in the SABC leadership.

She says she believes the board will handle the matter appropriately.

"I am confident in everybody that has been given the responsibility; I do not respect the individual, but the office that one holds."

On the issue of Hlaudi Motsoeneng's apparent reluctance to adhere to Icasa regulations, Ndabeni refused to comment except to say the matter should be left to the regulator to decide.