Right to Know activists occupy SABC HQ
A group of activists under the banner Right to Know are staging a sit-in at the SABC head office in Johannesburg. The group took a decision to protest after the public broadcaster refused to allow four journalists to enter the offices. R2K said the journalists went to report for duty after the Labour Court ruled that their initial dismissal was unlawful. The four were dismissed after they defied an order that images of violent protests should not be shown on SABC news channels.But Judge Robert Le Grange found that the SABC decision to fire the journalists was unlawful. He ordered the SABC to reinstate Krivani Pillay‚ Suna Venter‚ Foeta Krige and Jacques Steenkamp.The judgment also states that the SABC is interdicted from proceeding with the disciplinary hearings initiated against the journalists prior to their dismissals.This morning‚ the journalists were informed that they are not allowed to enter the building because the SABC is appealing Judge le Grange’s ruling."R2K strongly condemn the continuous victimization of staff who dare question unethical editorial decisions. SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng must stop treating the SABC as his own private entity to please those who are in power. It is a public broadcaster that is supposed to serve the people‚" the activists said in a statement.