Tuesday, August 24, 2010

BREAKING. Media seeks urgent court interdict to get access to the closed session of the SABC board appearing in parliament.

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I can tell you that the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has gone to court minutes ago to get an urgent interdict at the Cape High Court to get access to the SABC board and SABC board chairperson dr Ben Ngubane appearing before parliament's portfolio committee for communications BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

Yesterday I told you RIGHT HERE that the government blatantly flouted the Constitution calling for transparency in government committee meetings by having the session BEHIND CLOSED DOORS today. Yet the SABC is the public broadcaster, and the SABC board and chairperson serving in public positions in which they should be held accountable to the South African public who pay SABC TV licences.

I can tell you that a horde of journalists decended on the meeting venue this morning, DEMANDING to be let in despite being told yesterday that the its a CLOSED SESSION. Sanef is right now arguing before acting judge Sven Olivier that he make an interim order barring the communication committee meeting from proceeding.