Mbalula must update the nation on SAPS investigation about SABC 8 attacks

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Communications Portfolio Committee Humphrey Maxegwana to request that the Police Minister Fikile Mbalula be summoned to Parliament to provide an update on SAPS’s investigations of attacks against the SABC 8.
It has been almost a year since the SABC 8 reported death threats, assaults, house break-ins, and many other sinister intimidation tactics following their legal action against the subverting of press freedom at the SABC by Hlaudi Motsoeneng and his acolytes mid last year. It is outrageous that to-date, not a single person has been arrested, or held accountable for these attacks.
The untimely and tragic death of RSG Senior Producer and one of the SABC 8, Suna Venter from “Broken Heart Syndrome” – believed to be caused by trauma and prolonged periods of unnatural stress – demands that justice be served. Those responsible for the utter terror she was subjected to over the past year must be held accountable and brought to book.
It cannot be that a young woman is abducted, tied to a tree and the grass around her set alight; shot in the face, and repeatedly terrorised, and no one is held accountable. Justice must be served for Suna and the rest of the SABC 8.
Mbalula must therefore appear before Parliament and provide an update of SAPS’s investigations about the cowardly attacks on our journalists.
In particular, he must inform the nation about whether former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former SABC CEO James Aguma and former Communications Minister Faith Muthambi were ever questioned about the attacks and threats, and if not, order that this happen immediately.
It is up to Parliament to play its role in protecting the constitutional right to press freedom and protect journalists from intimidation. Parliament’s silence and lack of action will be complicity.
The media play an important role keeping the South African people informed and in a time where captured forces propagate misleading rhetoric, journalists who dare speak the truth to power must be protected more than ever.

Rest in peace Suna, you have fought the good fight

The DA has learned with great sadness of the passing of Suna Venter, senior SABC Current Affairs Producer at RSG.
We send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues at RSG.
Venter was one of the brave SABC 8 journalists who spoke out against the unlawful interferences and editorial policy changes at the public broadcaster.
Suna fought for the freedom, transparency and independence of the media.
We note from the statement released by her family today that Venter was recently diagnosed with stress cardiomyopathy, and that those closest to her believed her condition was exacerbated, if not caused, by the events of the past year.
She was fearless in her fight, despite suffering undue threats, trauma and victimisation. In the past year Suna was shot in the face with a pellet gun, received threatening messages and was assaulted on three different occasions.
The DA will be following up with the SAPS, as shockingly no arrests have been made, despite it being obvious who was responsible for all her suffering.
Rest in peace Suna, you have indeed fought the good fight.