Durban - The SA National Editors Forum has described as “outrageous” a move by the State Security Agency (SSA) to invade the offices of the SABC’s Durban staff - and give no justification for what it was up to.
The SABC has not explained why this happened at the Durban regional studios.
On Thursday Sanef deputy media freedom chairman, Raymond Louw, said: “We at Sanef believe an investigation should be conducted by higher authorities.” He said what the SSA had done was a violation of constitutional freedom and was “outrageous”.
Broadcast Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union’s president, Hannes du Buisson, said agents went into the offices of employees, ordered them out, and then stayed in the offices for between two and three hours.
Du Buisson said although the SABC was a national keypoint because it was a broadcast station, there was no information that could be of national concern.
When the Daily News tried to talk to some of the journalists from the SABC they would not talk.
The Daily News made various attempts to talk to SABC national spokesman, Kaiser Kganyago, but he did not respond.
SSA communications head, Brian Dube, said the agency did not comment on its activities.