- Kanthan Pillay was dismissed after he ticked off almost an entire country with his comments
- Pillay served as the head of news at news agency eNCA before he was fired with immediate effect
- SANEF has welcomed this move and is hopeful that it will bode well for the eNCA's future
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) hopes that the firing of eNCA's head of news, Kanthan Pillay, will lead to a brighter future for the news agency.
Pillay was fired with immediate effect in aftermath of a controversy he caused himself.
eNCA has been making the headlines in a very personal way this week and the situation has culminated in Kanthan Pillay's dismissal.
The news agency confirmed in a statement that it had terminated its relationship with the executive, with the dismissal coming into play immediately. Briefly.co.za reported that Pillay had incited controversy when referring to Samkele Maseko as a 'rat' jumping ship to the SABC.
This prompted an impressive boycott on the agency, with politicians jumping on board in a show of solidarity. The agency said that Pillay's conduct had left no choice but for them to part ways and end the working relationship:
SANEF is pleased with Pillay's dismissal, as reported on by News24.
The forum also said it is not impressed with the fact that Pillay got to be the head of news while he serves as the leader of the Capitalist Party.
"SANEF calls on eNCA management to get to the bottom of how a politician was ever allowed to have such a senior position in its newsroom.
"The allegations of censorship against a senior editorial executive at eNCA go against the principles that SANEF holds dear. SANEF, therefore, calls on eNCA to immediately get to the bottom of these allegations against Pillay."
Pillay has since apologised for his comments, but this has been met disapproval.
"I hereby express my unreserved apology to all that were offended by my irresponsible and ill-conceived statement on Twitter, posted on Tuesday, 17 December 2019.
"I deeply regret the statement I made and retract it in its entirety."
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