The SABC on Tuesday morning fired Busisiwe Ntuli, a specialist producer for the investigative programme Special Assignment , and Lukhanyo Calata, a SABC journalist in Cape Town.
Calata is the son of struggle activist Fort Calata, who was one of the Cradock Four.
This brings to six the number of journalists sacked by the public broadcaster since Monday. Freelance journalist Vuyo Mvoko’s contract with the corporation has ended.
Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp were informed of their axing on Monday.
And a 6th journalist fired. Here’s Lukhanyo Calata’s letter of dismissal. Dismissed for “disrespect[ing] the SABC”. pic.twitter.com/6s1aJopV7d
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) July 19, 2016
Their lawyer told News24 that they would fight their dismissals at the highest court.
The journalists are part of the so-called SABC 8 who have been targeted by the public broadcaster for speaking out against censorship. They were recently awarded with the Nat Nakase award for fearless journalism and have since approached the Constitutional Court for direct access to reverse the action against them. – News24