Public Protector To Launch Inquiry Into SABC Board


In an interview on Monday, the public protector confirmed that her office has launched an investigation into the SABC board.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has been battling some internal issues that threaten the integrity of the state broadcaster.

The Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has written a letter to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC board to “find out what’s happening in terms of governance‚ alleged governance failures”.

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As part of the efforts to put the SABC board on the right track, President Jacob Zuma was asked‚ on Friday‚ to initiate a judicial commission of inquiry into the state broadcaster.

Also, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is expected to rule on the broadcaster’s decision not to air protest footage later this week.

Trade union Solidarity‚ representing three suspended SABC employees will approach the Constitutional Court in the next few days to determine the constitutional back up of the suspension.

The employees were suspended as part of disciplinary action for distancing themselves from an instruction by management not to cover protests by the Right2Know campaign.

“The censorship instruction is clearly unlawful. It is in direct violation of the principles of freedom of speech and the public’s right to know. The unlawfulness of the instruction makes the entire suspension unlawful‚” said the union’s chief executive Dirk Hermann.

“We cannot allow it that journalists who merely want to do their job remain suspended for having embraced South Africa’s constitutional principles. What adds to the urgency and significance of this case is the fact that South Africans are going to the polls on 3 August‚ and they have the right to know what is happening in the country. It is not up to the public broadcaster to decide what the public may or may not know‚” he said.

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The trio Thandeka Gqubule‚ Foeta Krige and Suna Venter were supposed to appear at a disciplinary hearing on Monday but the hearing was cancelled indefinitely.

Three other employees who sent a letter to SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng are yet to face discplinary hearings.

Busisiwe Ntuli‚ Jacques Steenkamp and Krivani Pillay‚ sent a letter to Motsoeneng‚ objecting to the editorial direction which the SABC had taken.