Icasa lays criminal charges against SABC

Councillor Nomvuyiso Batyi says despite numerous written demands to comply the SABC failed to do so.

FILE: Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN – Broadcast regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has laid criminal charges against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for failing to comply with its order to withdraw its ban on airing visuals of violent protests.

Icasa is briefing Parliament’s communications portfolio committee at this hour.

Councillor Nomvuyiso Batyi says despite numerous written demands to comply, the SABC failed to do so.

“As of two weeks back, we made follow ups as to know the status of the investigation because we have an investigator assigned and then we’re advised now that the matter is with the Hawks. We’re yet to be furnished with the case number there.”

Icasa laid charges at the Bramley police station in November.