Former SABC executives add their voices to Hlaudi outcry

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File: The SABC has denied that there was any ulterior motive to canning the Sunday morning show, The Editors.

JOHANNESBURG - Former SABC bosses who championed transformation at the SABC have spoken out against the censorship of news stories and the intimidation of workers.

Seven former executives have also demanded that those responsible for victimising employees be fired.

They’ve written to President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi and SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe, describing recent events at the public broadcaster as a betrayal not only of the public, but of the public broadcaster itself.

The seven include former editors-in-chief for TV news, Joe Thloloe and Allister Sparks, former news chief executive Barney Mthombothi, and former deputy CEO Govin Reddy.

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has also lodged an urgent court application against the SABC and the communications minister.

It wants the controversial editorial decisions taken by the public broadcaster to be suspended.

Opposition party Cope says that it’s approaching the Public Protector to investigate the abuse of power at the broadcaster.

It plans to lodge complaints with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and communications regulator Icasa.

The ANC Youth League released a statement supporting the SABC, calling the criticism of the leadership of the national broadcaster "nothing but acts of cowardice".

ANCYL spokesperson, Mlondi Mkhize congratulated SABC senior management on promoting local content saying, "We want to affirm this decision as part of a step towards creating national identity and sense of belonging to people of the industry and South Africans as whole."

Former national spokesperson of  the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), Castro Ngobese tweeted his opposition to the statement moments after its release.

 

 

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