SABC

On 1 July 2016, the Helen Suzman Foundation ("HSF") launched an urgent application against the SABC, its Board of Directors, the Minister of Communications and Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

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The HSF sought urgent relief interdicting the implementation of the SABC's policy and practice not to cover violent and other protests, as well as relief preventing the SABC from adopting or implementing any censorship policy which would be contrary to the mandate of the public broadcaster. 

The HSF appeared Wednesday before Murphy J, in the Gauteng Division of the High Court, Pretoria on 20 July 2016. The SABC’s case collapsed and the interdict was granted by the Court.

The HSF was also successful in Part B (the merits) of our application with counsel for the SABC conceding our application. The HSF considers this a major victory for media freedom, and the rights of citizens guaranteed under Section 16 of the Constitution. Editorial discretion must be exercised in accordance with the Constitution and the Broadcasting Act.