‘High Court ruling will strengthen 8 SABC journalists’ case’

This morning, the SABC agreed to a settlement with the Helen Suzman Foundation.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the eight South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who have asked the Constitutional Court to intervene in the crisis at the broadcaster say today's High Court ruling will strengthen their case.

This morning, the SABC agreed to a settlement with the Helen Suzman Foundation, which asked the court to order the corporation not to institute its ban on images of destructive protests until the second part of the case is heard.

Under the settlement, the SABC is not allowed to implement any policy that would prevent the broadcast of images of protests or other events in a bid to protect any political party or to protect the image of the president.

The journalist's attorney Aslam Moosajee says he's now written to the public broadcaster.

"I'd invite them, in view of the latest court order this morning, to withdraw the termination notices and to let me know when my clients can go back to work"

Also today, broadcasting regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) confirmed the SABC has agreed to comply with its order that the public broadcaster scrap its ban of visuals of destructive protests.