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CASE NUMBER: 13/2016 – RONALD, MACKINNON, COETZER, COYNE AND SEVERAL OTHERS VS EAST COAST RADIO – CONTROVERSIAL UTTERANCES

Several complaints from various listeners were submitted in respect of a new presenter on East Coast Radio. The complaints were premised on comments made on the Durban-based station’s afternoon drive show. The Broadcaster argued that the mandate given to the presenter was to “shake up things. To be edgy, controversial, to get people talking, whether [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:28+00:00 October 18th, 2016|East Coast Radio|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 13/2016 – RONALD, MACKINNON, COETZER, COYNE AND SEVERAL OTHERS VS EAST COAST RADIO – CONTROVERSIAL UTTERANCES

CASE NUMBER: 10/2016 – DAMARAH VS SABC NEWS CHANNEL 404 – MISREPRESENTATION OF FACTS

The Broadcaster broadcast a news bulletin regarding the affairs of the Riemvasmaak Gemeenskap Ontwikkelingstrust. In the bulletin, reference was made to two former administrators of the Trust who were convicted of theft.  From the evidence before the Tribunal it appeared that the conviction of the two had been set aside by the High Court. Reference [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:28+00:00 October 12th, 2016|SABC News Channel, Uncategorized|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 10/2016 – DAMARAH VS SABC NEWS CHANNEL 404 – MISREPRESENTATION OF FACTS

CASE NUMBER: 14/2016 -GLEBELANDS HOSTEL COMMUNITY VIOLENCE VICTIMS (SOUTH DURBAN KZN) VS MULTICHOICE CHANNEL 404 – DISCLOSED IDENTITIES

A complaint was received that the Broadcaster ignored a request by the Complainants not to disclose the identities of victims of violence in the Glebelands community when reporting on a press conference. Through miscommunication between staff of the Broadcaster the request was ignored.  After reminding the Broadcaster of the request the Broadcaster again failed to [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:28+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Multichoice|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 14/2016 -GLEBELANDS HOSTEL COMMUNITY VIOLENCE VICTIMS (SOUTH DURBAN KZN) VS MULTICHOICE CHANNEL 404 – DISCLOSED IDENTITIES

CASE NUMBER: 11/2016 – KREEL VS MIXFM – NEWS

MixFM sourced a provocative news item from News24, but failed to mention that News24 also indicated that the report was not confirmed.  This fact was thus known to MixFM and therefore it was practicable to make the same statement in their report. Contravention of Clause 11(5) and reprimanded accordingly. CLICK TO VIEW FULL JUDGMENT  [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:28+00:00 August 5th, 2016|MIXFM|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 11/2016 – KREEL VS MIXFM – NEWS

CASE NUMBER: 09/2016 – MANKONKWANA & BOOI VS e.tv – DIGNITY

This case deals with various complaints received against a documentary broadcast by the Respondent, the intention with the broadcast being to throw light on the abuse of a custom of a certain part of the population which resulted in an increasing number of deaths of young boys. While the custom is regarded by some as [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:29+00:00 June 28th, 2016|E-TV|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 09/2016 – MANKONKWANA & BOOI VS e.tv – DIGNITY

CASE NUMBER: 08/2016 – DE KLERK AND ANOTHER VS 702 – HATE SPEECH

The complaint is about a guest presenter on a talk show who made derogatory remarks about White people in such provoking way that it is alleged it amounted to hate speech.  The context of the "diatribe" as one of the complainants described it, is that the presenter had his boyhood dream of becoming a train [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:29+00:00 June 13th, 2016|702|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 08/2016 – DE KLERK AND ANOTHER VS 702 – HATE SPEECH

CASE NUMBER: 07/2016 – HASANE VS 702 – COMMENT

Complaint that comment by Redi Tlhabi in Talk Show implied that the dumber people in leadership in government were, the better.  This comment followed upon a public statement by president Zuma, after his dismissal of the Minister of Finance, that people should not pay attention to people who talked too much on television because they [...]

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:29+00:00 June 8th, 2016|702|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 07/2016 – HASANE VS 702 – COMMENT

CASE NUMBER: 04/2016 – SMITH VS SABC – CHANNEL 404 – USE OF DEFAMATORY TERM

The word Boesman was used by a woman speaking in Xitsonga in an interview. The word was translated in the subtitles as Coloured. The SABC was simply trying to convey the meaning that the speaker intended in the subtitles. There was no violation of the code. CLICK TO VIEW FULL JUDGMENT  

By | 2017-01-27T11:46:29+00:00 May 14th, 2016|SABC 2|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 04/2016 – SMITH VS SABC – CHANNEL 404 – USE OF DEFAMATORY TERM