The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has appointed James Aguma as its new acting Group Chief Executive Officer.
The public broadcaster disclosed this on its Twitter page on Tuesday. The SABC Online stated that Aguma would take over from outgoing acting Group CEO Jimi Matthews, who tendered his resignation letter on Monday.
Mixed Reactions Trail James Aguma’s Appointment
The announcement of James Aguma as the new acting Group CEO was greeted with mixed reactions. Rev. Derrick Shezi @DerrickShezi
@SABCNewsOnline tweeted: He looks shocked like the rest of us. #SABC #newGCE.
Stephen Lekoba @StephenLekoba
@SABCNewsOnline posted: how is this possible. Matthews only resigned yesterday. When was the post advertised and the interviews done?
While, Zamo Ngobese @ZamoNgobese
@SABCNewsOnline added: we are tired of your jokes.
Matthews had earlier supported SABC and its COO Hlaudi’s decision but he suddenly made a 180 degree-turn, explaining that the SABC’s climate has become too “corrosive”for him to retain his position as acting Group Chief Executive Officer of the public broadcaster – resigning with immediate effect.
Check Out: Shocking! SABC’s Jimi Matthews Resigns
Publishing his resignation letter on social media, Matthews regretted that his morality had been tainted for failing to take a stand against the recent policy decisions by the public broadcaster.
“For months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the sidelines.
In the process, the prevailing corrosive atmosphere has impacted negatively on my moral judgment and has made me complicit in many decisions which I am not proud of. What is happening at the SABC is wrong and I can no longer be a part of it,” the former acting GCEO wrote.
Prior to his resignation, three SABC were suspended indefinitely for objecting to a decision not to report on R2K protest on censorship last week.
Afterwards, the SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) commended Matthew’s dauntless step, stating that “his feelings that there is a corrosive atmosphere in the SABC….. speaks volumes about corporate governance within the SABC”.
However, the ANC condemned Matthews’ resignation. The ruling party described Matthew as “opportunistic” and accused him of playing the “victim game”.
ANC’s Zizi Kodwa argued that “If he was genuine as an employee of the SABC‚ given the challenges that he talked about in his letter‚ he should have approached the board‚ the management even the minister and I’m certain that if anyone has the interests of South African people‚ he would not have made SABC a laughing stock in the manner he has done.”
He expressed sadness that Matthew allowed himself to be a tool to be used to attack the entire integrity of the SABC.