Committee wants police action over apparent campaign to intimidate SABC 8

Journalist Suna Venter had two pellets removed this week following an incident in which she had been shot at with an air rifle.

FILE: SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – Parliament's ad hoc committee of inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s board wants to see police action over an apparent campaign to intimidate members of the so-called SABC 8, who have challenged censorship at the public broadcaster.

SABC producer Suna Venter this week had two pellets removed following an incident in January.

The pellets confirm she was shot at with an air rifle.

Venter is one of the so-called SABC 8, some of whom last year reportedly received death threats, mysterious break-ins, tampering with their vehicles and other incidents.

The committee has now agreed that its chairperson Vincent Smith will write an urgent letter to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko following up on an earlier letter last year when it asked for an investigation into a range of sinister incidents involving members of the SABC 8.

Smith will also be seeking a face-to-face meeting with the minister.

“We will write this letter and it will be delivered urgently. The interaction with the minister depends on availability. We will write a letter and propose a meeting. I’m sure the minister will be here next week when we have the State of the Nation address, so we will try to do both next week.”

Last year, former SABC journalist Vuyo Mvoko, who revealed that the broadcaster’s money was used to build Gupta-owned TV channel, ANN7, received a death threat.

At the time he said: “Around 4pm or just before 5pm in the afternoon on Tuesday something saying; ‘Traitors. Protecting your white friends in Parliament who started this, telling lies about your comrades – you are warned. We don’t kill blacks – but sit and watch the blood flow.’”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)