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SABC faced with tough battles

It has to explain to a court why it implemented a ban on showing images of destructive protests.

FILE: The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is facing battles on several fronts this morning.

It has to explain to a court why it implemented a ban on showing images of destructive protests, while Eyewitness News has learnt it has formally told the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) it would be unfair to enforce its ruling on the issue before next week.

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At the same time, four journalists fired for publicly objecting to the ban are going to the Labour Court tomorrow and three others are understood to be consulting their lawyers.

The Helen Suzman Foundation's Director Francis Antonie says they're taking the SABC to court this morning because they don't believe it will obey Icasa.

"Our concern is that the SABC will not comply with the Icasa ruling which it regards as a mere recommendation."

Meanwhile, the SABC's lawyers have written to Icasa saying it believes it only received the official council ruling on this issue on Monday, and thus it should not be enforced until Monday next week.

But it won't comment on why these journalists have been fired.