Academics call for reinstatement of axed SABC journalists

This comes after seven SABC staffers were fired and another's contract terminated.

SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata was among the members of the media protesting outside the public broadcaster's offices in Sea Point on 1 July 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - More than 70 journalism and media studies academics have called for the reinstatement of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who've been fired.

Seven SABC staffers were fired and another's contract terminated, after they spoke out about censorship and queried the SABC's editorial policy following several turbulent weeks at the public broadcaster.

University of Cape Town professor Herman Wasserman says, "As educators we try to instill the value of freedom of speech, transparency and accountability in our students. The current developments at the SABC, including the firing of the journalists and everything that has been happening there in the last two months, flies in the face of these values."

The journalists are challenging their dismissals in the Labour Court, with a judgment expected to be delivered early next week.