The Public Broadcaster can spy on its employees, with consent.
The following clause has been found in the employment contracts of a number of SABC Employees:
4.1.9 to consent the SABC (sic) to intercept, monitor read, block or act upon any of
the Employee’s electronic and other communications which shall include, but not be
limited to, telephone conversations, emails and any stored files. A copy of Sections 5 and 6 of
the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of
Communication-Related Information Act No. 70 of 2002, is available on request from the SABC’s human
When a job seeker is most vulnerable, applying for employment, this clause is included in the contract.
Who is going to brave enough to turn down a job disagreeing with a clause in a contract?
What is more shocking is the blanket consent to interception of communications.
The clause does not limit interception to the workplace only. The consent is for “any” of the employee’s communication, which include, but is not limited to private telephone calls and emails. It include SMS, Whatsapp and any stored files.
If you are a job seeker, do not consent to this gross invasion of your privacy by the SABC. If you have signed such a contract, please get in touch with us by sending your contract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will take up the matter on your behalf.