Blacklist hearing put on hold

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has scoffed at the SABC's application for postponement on grounds that it had not secured legal representation on time for its hearing before the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) yesterday.

FXI has lodged a complaint with Icasa against the SABC's failure to implement the recommendations of a commission of inquiry on the blacklisting of commentators.

Muzi Sikhakhane told the Icasa panel that the SABC had had five months to prepare for the hearings, and argued that granting a postponement was not in the public interests.

The postponement was granted after the SABC's legal representative, Azhar Bam, pleaded with the commission that he needed more time to prepare sufficiently for the hearing.

The SABC's head of news and current affairs, Snuki Zikalala is listed in the submission as the person behind the blacklisting of journalists Paula Slier, Vukani Mde and Karima Brown, political analysts Sipho Seepe and Aubrey Matshiqi, and the brother of President Thabo Mbeki, Moeletsi, as well as Elinor Sisulu and publisher Trevor Ncube.