Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Union threatens to take SABC to Broadcasting Complaints Commission over alleged erroneous SABC News reporting over government wage offer.

The Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) is threatening to take the SABC to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for allegedly erroneously reporting that a wage offer for government workers has been rejected.

The SABC's SABC News allegedly reported from this past Friday until Tuesday morning that a possible government wage offer has been rejected and that strike action is allegedly also threatened.

The SABC "caused great embarrassment," says Basil Manuel, the chairperson and spokesperson for the ILC.

"We told the SABC when we first heard this broadcast on Friday night that it was untrue," says Basil Manuel. Yet the SABC allegedly kept broadcasting the erroneous story.

The ILC says it demands a right of reply from the SABC, and is also threatening to lay an official complaint with the BCCSA over the SABC's reporting.