Legislators have urged the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to penalise the SABC for failing to comply with its ruling on the broadcaster’s decision to ban the broadcast of violent protest. The watchdog ruled in July that the SABC had to withdraw its decision to not air footage of violent protests. However, according to Icasa acting chairman Rubben Mohlaloga, the SABC has not provided proof that it has lifted the ban. "Despite numerous written demands to the SABC to comply with the order, the licensee is yet to submit proof regarding compliance with (the ruling). The authority will in due course take appropriate enforcement action in this regard," said Mohlaloga. He was briefing members of Parliament’s communications portfolio committee on Tuesday on the SABC’s regulatory compliance and monitoring. He said the regulator might approach the courts to apply for an interdict to enforce the order. The SABC might also be fined. According to the Icasa Act, a person convic...

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