SOS Coalition expects Motsoeneng to act harshly against broadcaster's silent protesters

The SOS Coalition says Hlaudi Motsoeneng and his affiliates may intimidate employees who show solidarity.

FILE: The Labour Court heard the case by four former SABC employees who want their dismissal reversed. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Save Our South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Coalition says it expects COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to react harshly towards employees at the broadcaster who have held a symbolic "blackout" on air.

On Friday, TV reporters and anchors wore black clothing, on the same day that four of their colleagues appeared in the Labour Court to fight their dismissal.

This showed solidarity with the SABC eight but also signified the contradiction to Motsoeneng's statements that there is no crisis at the broadcaster.

The SOS Coalition's Sekoetlane Phamodi says it's not clear how the broadcaster's COO will react to the silent protest.

"News workers, especially those who were on screen at the SABC, are protesting in these quiet small brave groups like dressing in black all on the same day and we encourage them to as best as they can to continue with those protests."

Phamodi says Motsoeneng and his affiliates may intimidate other employees who show solidarity.

Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay, Suna Venter and Jacques Steenkamp will know this week whether they will be reinstated at the broadcaster after being dismissed for speaking out against the levels of censorship at the SABC.