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Suspend Hlaudi over protest ban: Solidarity

The Cabinet has ordered Hlaudi Motsoeneng out of the SABC urgently " just a day after the ruling party said he should be fired. File picture: Timothy Bernard

The Cabinet has ordered Hlaudi Motsoeneng out of the SABC urgently " just a day after the ruling party said he should be fired. File picture: Timothy Bernard

Published Jul 11, 2016

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Johannesburg - Trade union Solidarity says SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng should be suspended following the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) ruling that a decision by the broadcaster not to show the destruction of public property during protests be withdrawn.

The union said Motsoeneng’s ability to manage the SABC should be investigated.

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“The ruling proves that the SABC under the guidance of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, did not act within the framework of the constitution,” said Solidarity’s chief executive Dr Dirk Herman.

Read: Icasa orders SABC to scrap protest footage ban

The union said the decision by Icasa on Monday was a victory for freedom of speech.

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“This ruling is a victory for the ethical SABC journalists who, despite unlawful instructions and intimidation, stood up for constitutional principles,” said Herman.

Solidarity has also reiterated its call that all charges against the three SABC journalists be withdrawn.

Foeta Krige, Suna Venter and Thandeka Gqubule were suspended last month for refusing to adhere to the broadcaster’s policy not to broadcast protests.

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More charges of misconduct were added against the trio on Wednesday, this time for informing the media on their suspensions.

Labour Bureau

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