SABC wins BCCSA case regarding controversial Isidingo scenes

15 June 2017

Regulation & Policy

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), ruled in favour of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in relation to Isidingo episodes, which were broadcast on 26 April and 1 to 3 May 2017.

The SABC 3 soapie portrayed scenes where a black character, Sechaba Moloi-Matabane (played by Motlatsi Mafatshe) was assaulted by two white farmers.

Viewers were disturbed by the racial slurs and violence shown by the soapie which resulted in 35 members of the public launching a formal complaint with the BCCSA.

The Registrar of the BCCSA in this regard received several complaints from viewers. The BCCSA reviewed the episodes and found that the public service broadcaster was not in contravention of clause 4(1) or (2) or any other clause of the Code of Conduct of the BCCSA. The complaints were therefore not upheld.

The SABC as a public service broadcaster will always strive to depict what is happening in our society as they are, whilst upholding its editorial policy and the BCCSA s code of conduct, said a media statement from the SABC.

Source: 4rfv