Alarm over SABC board

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

The South African Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is alarmed by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s long de­lay in ap­prov­ing the new South African Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (SABC) board.

The in­terim board’s term of of­fice ex­pired in Septem­ber.

Saftu said on Wed­nes­day: “We will not al­low our short­lived, re­cently gained free­dom of ex­pres­sion to be rolled back. It has been sev­eral days since the term of the in­terim board has ex­pired. How­ever, there has been no po­lit­i­cal will to rem­edy the gover­nance cri­sis at the broad­caster.”

The union fed­er­a­tion said the SABC’s pur­pose ought to be to in­form, ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain all South African com­mu­ni­ties; to re­flect the di­ver­sity of our cul­tural, lin­guis­tic, po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious, sport­ing and so­cial her­itage and to be a plat­form for demo­cratic and un­cen­sored de­bate.

“The SABC eight fear that the real rea­son for Zuma’s de­lay is that he wants to use the ex­tra time to en­able Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ayanda Dlodlo, pic­tured, ... to ap­point or ex­tend the con­tracts of ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers who would con­tinue with the agenda set by [Hlaudi] Mot­soe­neng.”

Mot­soe­neng was fired in June af­ter he was found guilty of mis­con­duct. He was also crit­i­cised for in­ter­fer­ing in ed­i­to­rial mat­ters in or­der to sti­fle crit­i­cal voices and mis­man­ag­ing the fi­nances of the SABC. – ANA

We will not al­low our short­lived, re­cently gained free­dom of ex­pres­sion to be rolled back. SA Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions

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