SABC 1 has been served with a complaint through The Broadcasting Complaints Commisson of South Africa (BCCSA) for broadcasting the concert of Cassper Nyovest Fill Up The Dome with profane indecent language without warning veiwers. The station is required to pay a fine of R20 000.
Leon Given Rapula reported the incident to the BCCSA, as stated in the judgement, with a complaint that reads: “I comlain about SABC 1 failing to warn viewers about Language restriction on the program, and failing to clean it before braodcasting. (sic)”
The BCCSA also stated the complaint on its website.
“Material [was] broadcast before the watershed period, [and] considered harmful to children. The Tribunal is thus compelled to state that the respondent failed to exercise the necessary precaution prior to the broadcast of #FillUpTheDome concert and thus contravened the provisions of the broadcasting code of conduct.”
The watershed period is the period in which it is appropriate to broadcast programming aimed towards mature or adult audiences.
According to the South African National Editors’ Forum this period is between 12:00 and 5:00. However, Fill Up The Dome was aired at 20:00 on 18 November 2017.
Responding to the complaints SABC apologised and promised that the incident won’t take place again in the future.
“Our producuers were so passionate about showing the success of this young musicician to an extent that some regulatory mandates were bypassed.
“We sincerely apologise to the complainnant for any incovenience caused and we are doing what we can to make sure that we minimise these kinds of incidents in our platforms. (sic)”
The Station has until the 28th of February 2018 to pay the fine.