Call for politicians to stop meddling in SABC affairs

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JOHANNESBURG - Politicians should stop interfering in matters of the SABC, according to the public broadcaster's former interim board member, John Mattison.

The SABC board has now suspended the retrenchment process for a week.

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Employees have refused to accept retrenchment letters.

This after the SABC announced plans to lay off around 400 workers.

Mattison says when politicians get involved, it becomes hard to resolve matters.

"This is a matter where the politicians need to step back, we know that and that's what the constitution requires and that's what all our history requires.

"They need to leave it to the SABC to make its decision," he said.

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Last week, the ANC threw its weight behind the SABC staff.

Party spokesperson, Pule Mabe, spoke to workers outside the SABC's Johannesburg headquarters.