Former SABC boss Jimi Matthews has disclosed why certain ANC members, including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) received little or no attention from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
Matthews alleged that the decision not to cover certain “individuals in the ruling party” and EFF events was made by SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
He said: “When Julius Malema started becoming a nuisance in the Youth League [ANC] and when the EFF was launched and a decision that it would not be a good idea to cover Malema and his cohorts.
Certain individuals in the ruling party including people like Hlaudi were of the view that we should not be giving Julius and his crowd coverage, which is an example where I should have said no, that was ridiculous.”
Former SABC Boss Jimi Matthews Slams SABC COO
Matthews said the SABC should have given the EFF more coverage than they did. In addition, he disclosed that COO Motsoeneng “is conducting a reign of terror at the SABC‚ where people are bludgeoned to toe the line.”
Speaking further to author and radio host, Eusebius Mckaiser, on Sunday, the former boss lamented that the broadcaster has become a laughing-stock under the leadership of Motsoeneng.
Former SABC boss Jimi Matthews dropped his resignation letter last week following mounting pressure on the public broadcaster after its recent decisions not to broadcast footage of protests or any negative reports about President Jacob Zuma.
He also stated in his resignation letter that he was leaving the SABC because Motsoeneng has turned the public broadcaster into his own personal fiefdom, hell-bent on reporting only good news about the ANC and Zuma.
Several decisions made under Motsoeneng have been perceived as undermining the SABC’s political independence and ability to serve the interests of the people.
These decisions include: banning all negative news about President Jacob Zuma, banning the reading of newspaper headlines on air and banning coverage of violent protests.