Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Civil Society vs Hlaudification of the SABC

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Less than a week before elections and on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, the SABC saw yet another protest at its doors on Friday.

Civil society groups joined the chorus of political parties denouncing the public broadcaster's lack of independence and quality local content.

Civil society groups joined the list of political parties criticising the public broadcaster recently by protesting outside its Auckland Park head offices.

Right2Know, Save Our SABC, the Independent Producers' Organisation, the Democratic Left Front and members of the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) accused the SABC of favouring the governing party, intimidating its journalists and failing to air quality, local content.

"If you want to speak to the ANC, go to Luthuli House," roared Numsa national education coordinator, Dinga Sikwebu. The nation needed to hear the truth about issues like Nkandla, said the unionist.

In December, Numsa resolved to build a united front to organise and coordinate the working class and was there on Friday to support organisations affiliated to the new movement.

"We are here to register our concerns of the continuing Hlaudification of the SABC newsroom. We are here to urge the SABC to act on Public Protector ...

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