National 23.8.2016 05:20 pm

Struggle hero’s son Calata feels betrayed by SABC and ANC

Lukhanyo Calata

Lukhanyo Calata

One of the SABC’s own formerly fired journalists has said ‘we will remember’ ANC MPs congratulating the ‘law-breaking’ broadcaster.

Lukhanyo Calata, the Cape Town parliamentary reporter who led the charge in the Western Cape province against apparent censorship at the public broadcaster, has been openly critical of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s appearance today in parliament.

He forced his way back into his job at the SABC after a successful Labour Court challenge by his colleagues. He tweeted this at the time.

In parliament, Muthambi defended the decision of the SABC not to broadcast violent protests as correct and within broadcasting legislation and the constitution. She said this was because of the fact that within the “public broadcasting mandate the corporation also has a role to ensure it contributes towards nation-building and cohesion”.

She said that violent protests could not be seen as freedom of expression since they were somehow part of the “propaganda of war”. She also defended numerous other unpopular decisions and said the public had been given ample opportunity to comment on changes to editorial policy at the public broadcaster.

 

In response to much of this, Calata – the son of struggle activist Fort Calata of the Cradock Four – said that he was most perturbed by the fact that ANC MPs had congratulated Muthambi and the SABC despite them “breaking the law”. He said it was “interesting to witness how ANC MPs have rallied around SABC even though they broke all manner of laws when they fired us”.

He also hit hard at the fact that the SABC appeared to be playing the victim.

 

 

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