Stop SABC med­dling, the gov­ern­ment told

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

In the wake of four board res­ig­na­tions at the SABC this week‚ civil so­ci­ety lobby group the Or­gan­i­sa­tion Un­do­ing Tax Abuse (Outa) has urged the gov­ern­ment to stop in­ter­fer­ing in the af­fairs of the pub­lic broad­caster.

“Outa is con­cerned with the res­ig­na­tions this week by SABC board mem­bers‚ some of whom have been piv­otal in over­turn­ing reck­less de­ci­sions made dur­ing the Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng years‚” Outa chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Du­ve­nage said.

The gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Thurs­day that four SABC board mem­bers had re­signed – Kr­ish Naidoo, Khany­isile Kweyama‚ John Mat­ti­son and Mathata Tsedu.

The board was ap­pointed by for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in Septem­ber 2017.

Eye­wit­ness News re­ported on Thurs­day that the broad­caster’s in­terim board was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit over the ir­reg­u­lar award­ing of a multi­bil­lion-rand con­tract.

“While Outa sym­pa­thises with those who face re­trench­ment‚ tough de­ci­sions need to be made to turn around the pub­lic broad­caster’s fi­nances.

“We sug­gest that cuts are made where there were ir­reg­u­lar ap­point­ments and to man­age­ment salaries.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion ac­cused the ANC of tak­ing control of the pub­lic broad­caster ahead of 2019’s gen­eral elec­tions. –

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