#SABC: R2K Campaign takes anti-censorship protest to Luthuli House

The Right2Know Campaign is calling for the removal of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Righ2Know campaigners call for the removal of SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng during a picket outside Luthuli House, Johannesburg. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Right2Know Campaign has taken its protest against censorship at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to Luthuli House where members are handing over a memorandum calling for the removal of COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The Independent Communications of South Africa (Icasa) has ordered the public broadcaster to reverse its decision to ban destructive protest footage but Motsoeneng says no one can tell the SABC what to do.

A group of people picketed outside Luthuli House calling for the ANC's top leadership to speak in one voice against the censorship at the corporation and not have only a few leaders speaking out.

The organisation says this shows clear factions within the ANC.

Project coordinator at the Save Our SABC coalition Duduetsang Makuse says this picket is aimed at the African National Congress (ANC).

"They need to make sure that the portfolio committee does its job and removes the board at the SABC. They need to reign in their minister who's just being delinquent and pursuing her own agenda."


The Right2Know Campaign says it will not compromise on its demands for the governing party to ensure there is no state interference at the SABC.

Some picketers carrying placards, which read "respect the Constitution, no faith in Faith [Muthambi] and Hlaudi must go", were met by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu in a closed meeting.

The campaign's Micah Reddy says with elections around the corner, the public broadcaster cannot censor broadcasts.

"We're giving the ANC our demands on which we'll not compromise, they've said that the matter has been taken very seriously internally but we have to watch this space."

Reddy says it believes the political interference at the SABC originates from factions within the ANC.