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NGO Demands Motsoeneng Steps Down

Right2Know (R2K) has handed over a memorandum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) asking for the public broadcaster to end its self-censorship.

Micah Reddy‚ the media freedom organiser from R2K‚ says the SABC had gone from being a proud public broadcaster to a public relations machine for Luthuli House‚ the headquarters of the African National Congress.

Madonsela Threatens Legal Action Over Motsoeneng

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says her office will be taking legal action against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board following the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng to a senior executive position.

"The starting point will be to find out what was the process of appointing him. Was that position vacant, what were the requirements before he was appointed to it," explains Madonsela.

​Zinde Fought to Defend Integrity of SABC

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says that murdered journalist and former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member, Hope Zinde fought for media freedom at the national broadcaster.

In a press statement, SANEF points out that, "As a board member [she was]… determined to ensure the corporation fulfilled its mission to the public."

Pule Promises to Sort Out SABC Problems

Communications Minister Dina Pule says she is working on finding solutions to the leadership problems plaguing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Pule says that Dr Ben Ngubane and Thami Ka Plaatjie, SABC Board chairperson and deputy respectively, have ‘blind copied her’ but written to President Jacob Zuma, adding that even though she appreciates their contribution since joining the SABC Board, she will encourage the president to release them.

New Acting COO and Postponement of Parliamentary Briefing of Special Investigations Unit and Skills Audit Findings

SOS notes the SABC Board’s announcement made yesterday that they have released Hlaudi Motsoeneng, from his position as acting Chief Operations Officer and reinstated him in his former role of Group Editor of Provinces. The Coalition further notes that respected veteran Journalist, Mike Siluma, Head of Radio News and Current Affairs, has now taken over as acting Chief Operations Officer.

NGO Commends Padayachie’s Decision Over Bill

Save Our SABC Coalition (SOS) and the Democratic Alliance have both suggested the existing Broadcasting Act be amended in the meanwhile to deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) governance and financial crisis.

SOS spokeswoman Kate Skinner, points out that, "The immediate financial problems are management problems, and hopefully a few amendments to the Broadcasting Act could deal with the immediate crisis so we do not have to rush the bill."

SABC Board to Meet Communications Minister

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will not appear before the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications to present its turnaround strategy as planned because new communications minister, Roy Padayachie, first wants to meet them.

A senior SABC official says that Padayachie had requested a meeting with the board, which is why the meeting with the parliamentary committee was postponed.

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