Earlier today members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications raised strong allegations of censorship by the SABC which occurred during the appearance of SABC board members and its executive before the Portfolio Committee and Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA).
The honourable members noted that during the SABC's appearances, coverage by the SABC focused exclusively on board members and the executive thus creating the impression that parliamentarians’ oversight duties are not being conducted.
Having had a discussion with the board chairperson, Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana said, “We are in the process of reconstructing a credible public broadcaster which enriches people’s lives with services that entertain, inform and educate members of the public, any inclination that the SABC is censoring information to the public must be investigated thoroughly and be concluded for public consumption expeditiously.”
In its vision the SABC, undertakes to become a leading, credible voice and face of the nation and the continent, “independence and impartiality require us to be open to all views especially those which are not favourable to our propositions” said Deputy Minister Kekana.
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