SABC denies 3 radio stations went off air due to strike

SABC staff went on strike on Thursday with pickets outside various offices across the country.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The SABC has denied claims that three of its radio stations have gone off air due to its employees going on strike on Thursday.

Striking SABC employees have on Thursday morning gathered outside the offices of the public broadcaster across the country, demanding salary increases.

The broadcaster's Kaizer Kganyago says only current affairs programming at radio stations has been affected.

“No. None of our radio stations went off air. It was those current affairs shows that did not happen. But the people that were there were able to get in and play music for that one hour. But we have made sure that going forward all the other programmes were on schedule and all the programmes went out on air.”

Workers affiliated with unions, Communications Workers Union (CWU) and Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) are demanding a 10 % hike.

The SABC says it can only afford 4.5%.