Let's stand in unflinching solidarity with SABC 8
19 July 2016
Congress of the People (COPE) condemns and denounces in the strongest terms the repulsive and unjustifiable action of the SABC in firing the SABC 8. It is presently an illegitimate institution overseen by an illegitimate COO. In no way or manner is it a bona fide public broadcaster steeped in the ethos of our Constitution.
Today, we and the whole country wait to see the reaction of COSATU. Is it still true to its mandate or has it unashamedly prostituted itself to Mr Zuma? That is the question we ask today.
Furthermore, COPE calls on all freedom loving South Africans to recognise that this is a watershed moment. If we do not act in solidarity with the SABC 8, our children will inherit a South Africa that will be stolen by a conglomerate of petty tyrannical dictators.
South Africans should be very proud of Vuyo Mvoko‚ Thandeka Gqubule‚ Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Krivani Pillay‚ Jacques Steenkamp‚ Foeta Krige and Suna Venter. They put their jobs on the line so that freedom of expression could prevail untrammelled in our country. Fearless journalists are a boon to society and guardians of democracy. We must cherish them and protect them with all our strength.