Somila Nkosana, Wayne
Boonzaaier and Natasha Mabuto
Today journalists from Cape
Town gathered in Sea Point in front of the SABC building to conduct a peaceful
protest raising their opinions regarding the recent changes that are leading to
Amongst the protesters was Right2Know activist Murray Hunter, who said “We are here because (of the) crisis, the SABC has been mounting is affecting all of us.
We’re at the point now where we need to recognize how it’s affecting SABC workers as well.
We know journalists have been suspended, there’s a potential of dismissals (and) there’s a climate of intimidation that’s been growing at the public broadcaster.
So there reason why we are gathering here and many people are journalists, some are media freedom activists, some are members of the public (and) we want to send a message to the working SABC journalists to tell them that you’re our journalists and we support you and we want a public broadcaster that is serving the public and that is transparent and that tells the news not Hlaudi’s kingdom”
Joining the protest to was Erna Curry media assistant at SADSAWU (South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers' Union) and she said “I’ve come today to support our journalist and also to support change with our public broadcaster the SABC and it’s there to serve the people.
what is happening there is wrong, the big salaries and the suspension of
play a big role, they are there to tell us what is happening in the world to
tell all our stories so it’s very important for us to stand up for our rights ,
people died for our rights and now it’s time to draw the line and that’s why
present was Masonwabe Sokoyi,
Provincial spokesperson of the South African Communist Party, and he said “We
are here in solidarity with the workers that have been suspended but again
besides that we have seen in the last few months there a lot of policies that
we as the SACP have voiced our own concerns (about) that they’re not doing good
for the people because SABC is a
That includes the changes to the policy that
blackout all the violent protests because we believe that news is news whether
it’s good or bad.”
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