Union: SABC bans Malema reports

2012-09-13 21:45

Johannesburg - An SABC labour union says its members have been instructed not to report on expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

"It has been reported to us by several of our members that they have been instructed to not report on any activities of the expelled ANC Youth League leader, Mr Julius Malema," the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) said on Thursday.

"The instruction went as far as to say that even if he is assassinated, or he dies in any other manner, it should not be reported until top management has instructed otherwise."

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the allegations were not true.

"It is untrue that the SABC news department has issued any instructions banning Julius Malema. What news management has appealed for, is for more responsible and in depth reporting on the issues," Kganyago said.

SABC acting head of news Jimi Matthews said in a statement he had asked the news team to provide more context in their stories.

"I am very disappointed with the turn of events. Instead of debate, certain members of my staff ran off to other media houses claiming that I had banned Malema from the airwaves," he said.

"Nothing can be further from the truth. I asked for responsible journalism and intellectual engagement."

Bemawu said news staff at the SABC had been warned not to report on Malema's whereabouts or what he was doing.

News editors at the organisation were informed of the instruction earlier in the day, it said.

"Bemawu regards this as a gross violation of the principles of journalism and also an attack on freedom of the press," the union said in a statement.

"As a public broadcaster the SABC is duty bound to report news in a fair, unbiased and accurate manner, and without influence from top or any other management of the SABC."

Bemawu had informed its members not to comply with the unlawful instruction and to report the news of the day without fear or prejudice.

"If management dare to touch any of our members ignoring this unlawful instruction, Bemawu will defend our members and take the matter to the highest court."

The union called for an urgent investigation and demanded the strongest action be taken against the managers responsible for the instruction.

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  • clive.priestman - 2012-09-13 19:46

    Malema who ?

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-13 22:18

      South Africa would be so lucky... Even if he is assassinated *snort* - do not fear, no SABC reports, News24 makes up for it in volumes.

      jacques.otto.50 - 2012-09-14 09:09

      Malema supporters in the SABC camp. Orchastrated, pathetic and without brain cells. Its so obvious. Man this chap is like the mafia infiltrating every organisation.

  • - 2012-09-13 20:12

    Sabc is selective and report only about zuma singing and repeating the same speeches,I don't see any reason why we should pay our Tv licence and never will,E TV is the channel to watch

      Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-09-13 22:35

      What's your real name and we can see about you not paying that licence.

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-09-14 05:15

      How can a national broadcaster be censored on what not to report? Smacks of double standards and dictatorship tendences.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-13 21:03

    That's what they do to thabo mbeki ,but etv is the option

  • mandy.mulaudzi - 2012-09-13 21:08

    Everytime i hear this name,i feel lyk vomiting..he is alwaz up to something!!!

  • howard.komati - 2012-09-13 21:10

    They can ban him we dnt care its jst a temporal assignment. Mangaung is jst around the corner the right leaders will be elected

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-13 21:30

    Why bother with SABC, E TV is best when comes to News.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-13 21:39

    Julius Malema was born to be a leader that is why the ANC government shake when a young boy address crowd. Instead of solving the mine workers issue they are concentrating on Juju. I wonder why government scared to Address the crown.

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-09-23 14:51

      u mean born to be a clown

  • Ditantane - 2012-09-13 21:42

    this is dictatorship.

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-09-13 22:11

    The most sensible thing the SABC has done in a long time if its true. Who is JM? He occupies no official position in any organisation that would justify the amount of media space that he occupies. He is a private citizen,like many of us,who should not be given any media space. We will soon see how little power he has once the media stop reporting on this non-entity of the SA political spectrum.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:36

      Nick.athinodorou. So you prefer censorship?. Malema is paid to make sure Zuma isn't re-elected in December. Heavens when do you people want to wake up?. Stop shooting the messenger, rather look for the people behind Malema.

  • musa.gatsheni - 2012-09-13 22:13

    DICTATORSHIP dts wt malema said a fw days ago

  • johnrichard.allen.9 - 2012-09-13 22:14

    Sad day, if SABC refuses to report on Malema, who is next and what is not being reported?

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-13 22:14

    Julius was expelled from ANC now SABC bans him the last one will he be expelled from South Africa deported to Zim.

      henryian73 - 2012-09-13 22:21

      Talented with out a doubt but just not mentored and educated and that would be his end even though I agreed to some of what he was fighting for and saying. When Zille said 'STOP ZUMA' he however said lets 'Kill for Zuma' and that will now come back to bite him in his backside. So he the last person to talk about a Banana Republic cause in his lack of understanding and experience he created this mess we are in now with a corrupt president and a failing government. And the fact that he still directs his anger and hate towards the whites where it should be directed to the few fat-cats at the top of the ANC very sad. GO READ:

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-09-13 22:26

    Ha ha ha caught out. Great idea if it could be implemented.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-13 22:35

    The ANC leadership is in a deep state of panic, they are thrashing around looking for a solution to the Malema phenomena. Sadly, despite all their state power there is not enough strategic ability among them in order to deal with one person causing trouble. Not surprising that they are incapable of running a 21st century state.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-09-13 22:42

    am I the only one who has a fundamental problem with this? He is an idiot - we all know that. he is comic relief. However, placing a ban on reporting any news on anybody smacks of heavy-handed censorship. it is a slippery if he now starts his own politcal party in opposition to the ANC - would the ban extend to his party?

  • DPMGG - 2012-09-13 22:52

    I'm not suprised at all. SABC has been ANC mouthpiece for years. Its headquaters are at Lithuli house. The SABC board is appointed by JZ after recommendations made by ANC MPs. The SABC news are dominated by government and ANC related news only. Opposition parties officials are not interviewed instead the reporter will conveniently summaries whatever was said by the opposition. The best news channel is etv.

  • MoshKaDeph - 2012-09-13 22:52

    This is not a joke. Next they will instruct them not to televise DA and next Mosia Lekota next IFP. Who owns SABC? cAncer and it will bury us all. Malema is an ass but . . .

  • wiscoh - 2012-09-14 01:00

    No right if u r an individual, no right for minority...south African democracy..halaaaa!!! I cud not believe my president when he said minority does .nt hv right as majority does.

      StanSenamo - 2012-09-14 07:03

      I was also surprised and embarrassed at the same time. Does he know our Constitution? We all have equal Rights, and no person is more equal than the other person.

  • heibrin.venter - 2012-09-14 02:06

    And so it begins, state media reporting what the state wants the people to hear, and not what the people should hear - as a generalization; personally I applaud the no-Malema policy, I just can't abide by the wider implications... unfortunately part of a democracy, you have to take the idiots with the geniuses whether you like it or not!

  • siyambukaarchibald.sikrweqe - 2012-09-14 05:49

    Thank God. There is Etv,news24

  • iceman196 - 2012-09-14 06:22

    censorship in full swing again. they cant spell 'democracy' let alone know what it means, idiots

  • nonkululeko.sibanyoni.7 - 2012-09-14 06:22

    I don't watch SABC anyway.........Dictatorship at its best!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-14 07:50

    Not to worry. Fat Boy will NOT go away. The SABC is a small stage for fattie. Watch the international press. Amampour (CNN) has already interviewed this slob. It doesn't get much bigger than that except for being mentioned in Newsweek. Big lips should be blanked by all media in SA. I'm really not interested in this thieving piece of fraudulent lard. ...... But his not going away.

  • Chikane - 2012-09-14 08:00

    Damn ANC, they left a vacuum and real activists filled it and now they try to silence them. SABC is not a state parastatal, but a ZUMA state puppy dog, this man has high school bully tactics. SABC is takin orders from Nkandla, Malema has CNN and E tv as his stage!

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-09-14 08:55

    I vote for ban!!!!

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-14 08:59

    Luckily we have E-News to report, anyway who is watches SABC news - for what just to hear Government propaganda?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:41

      Tshepo.maganedisa. even E news isn't telling the truth, the whole truth. Has Debra Patta been to the mineworkers yet?. Malema's speeches been heard?. I don't think so, maybe a few words here and there, but that is all. At the end of the day, they all toe the line.

  • wwrer.ww - 2012-09-14 09:00

    That is great. The man is a fool. Do you give a fool all the air time?

  • wynand.vermeulen.31 - 2012-09-14 09:03

    If it it true, good. who cares. There truly are more important things to report on eg: farm killings, corruption, no service delivery, terrible state of the rand, Australia considering sanctions, corruption, corruption, corruption .... oh wait, you know, now we have nothing to laugh at :(. bring juliaaas back! ha ha ha

  • Masixole Riovendo-rio Matshaya - 2012-09-14 09:14

    Wondering what ANCBC is now, SABC rather, Malema has a beef with them, or maybe its about time he reveal something about them too... maybe they are taking orders form the House,,, a broadcasting channel should tell the public what they want to here, not what they think will serve them good on Mr Presidents face, the guy is accused of causing unrest to the country, being investigated, we know him he once led one of biggest movements in the country, so what do ya think we want to know about, how many wives King Zwelithini has or Mr Presitator, (-dent or Dic-). hell with ya.

  • sikanyiso.tonise - 2012-09-14 09:18

    That is how this country is being run. These allegations are very serious and needs to be investigated to see if there are any possible political links.

  • stephan.vanheerden.927 - 2012-09-14 09:29

    Now if only the newspapers followed suit and ignored the irritation, pretty soon we won't be submitted to his ridiculous blabber any more. He will disappear off the radar and out of memory banks. Here's holding thumbs..

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:43

      Stephen,vanheerden.927. If all media keep quiet, what will you know?.

  • loyiso.mdingwa - 2012-09-14 10:12

    "The instruction went as far as to say that even if he is assassinated, or he dies in any other manner, it should not be reported until top management has instructed otherwise."what is that? is Julius going to be killed????????????? At least we know!!!!

  • makhuvele.cecil - 2012-09-14 11:19

    Nothing, but there's a political link on this issue! Luckly we also have Enews, I don't think they'll allow to be instructed by the ANC members on how and who to broadcast their activities.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-14 11:43

    i am for free press but in support of the ban. enough with this imbecile

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:32

    Freedom of speech. Unknown to the SABC, the floor mops of the ANC.

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-09-14 13:06

    The Trade union leadership tells the members to report the news around Julius Malema and ignore what Top management has instructed. That is called Insubordination and can lead to the termination of said worker. Who runs SABC?? You okes are out of line bemawu

  • rasepalo.kgaile - 2012-09-15 08:02

    fredom of speech Mr Zuma the Nazi

  • matlala.lesibajoseph - 2012-09-15 08:57

    I think the problem with Malema it is his little education. He is not an academic and has a problem of reading the supreme law of the land comprehensively. That is the reason why his acts and deeds are childish but dangerous. Something needs to be done before the country finds itself in civil war during or after 2014. I'm saying this because I am thinking about what would happen if Malema come back to ANC after Mangaung. Manay people will divorce ANC and abstain from voting for it. Because his return shall undermine the integrity of South Africans irrespective of race. Malema is a disgrace and deserves no space in ANC and South African politics. He is leading a lavished life but continue to call himself poor. This is an insult to the nation. My appeal to all workers is that they should find better ways of negotiating for better salaries rather than to take words of a disgruntled, dissidnet and never employed Malema as potential solutions. Le t us secure our jobs by upholding moral ethics and show reasonable means of raising our demands. Malema never liberated any one. instead we liberated him. So , who is he to tell people about revolution?

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-09-23 14:53

    Good! Do not afford this clown a platform to spew rubbish! Now news24 must just join the party & stop reporting on this fool!

  • jessica.main.501 - 2012-09-25 11:27

    what are they scared of? is'nt it the idea we have tv and newspaper ? we all have to know what is going on and the truth . If SABC want to ban the report then they must has something to hide.

  • mlulami.dike - 2012-09-30 09:00

    This z nonsense...why they don't Malema news be reported...?? SABC news room gets instruction from Luthuli house

  • jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-10-09 16:40

    Go, Jimi!

  • paul.motsepe1 - 2012-10-10 20:54

    Luckily i took a very wise decision a very long time ago never to watch the SABC circus again. How do we expect them to exercise professionalism whereas their board members are fighting amongst themselves. This organisation really sucks, no wonder why too many people have decided not to pay thier TV licenses anymore because they are tired of waisting thier monies for such nonsense. E-TV channel news is the way to go, their reporting is so transparent, without fear or favour. The majority members (if not all) of the SABC top management are members of the ANC, so what do we expect?

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