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R2K: Factions within ANC are evident in party's leadership

The group and the Save Our SABC coalition picketed outside Luthuli House yesterday submitting a memorandum.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Right To Know Campaign says factions within the African National Congress (ANC) are evident in the party's leadership, which hasn't been able to give a unified voice over the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s censorship.

While Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) ruled this week that the public broadcaster should lift its ban against broadcasting violent protests, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the organisation will contest the ruling.

The group and the Save Our SABC (SOC) coalition picketed outside Luthuli House yesterday submitting a memorandum calling for an end to what they call, state interference within the public broadcaster.

Picketers carried placards reading, "No faith in Faith" and "Respect the Constitution".

The organisation said the ruling party needs to speak in one voice opposing an apartheid style of broadcasting.

The R2K campaign's Micah Reddy said nothing solid came from the meeting.

"We haven't had anything particularly concrete, just reassurances that they're doing something. As the public, we'll continue protesting and voicing our serious grievances and concerns with what is happening at the SABC."

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu met some of the representatives in a closed meeting after calls were made for the removal of Motsoeneng and the SABC board.

SOS's Duduetsang Makuse said it's not enough to have just a few ANC leaders such as Mthembu speaking out against the ANC.

"And we want them to takea action, they can't keep having press conferences about how terrible Hlaudi is or how terrible censorship is and then do nothing about it."

The organisation says it will not stop protesting until the problems at the SABC are resolved.

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