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sabcThe Star reports that Mbombo Maleka, content adviser to Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, has blamed labour woes at the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on its former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.  

He was briefing the committee on submissions made by the Media Workers Association of SA (Mwasa), the Information Communication Technology Union (ICTU) and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) during an engagement last month.  Maleka commented:  “It’s safe to say the SABC is reflecting a post-trauma scenario if you recall coming from the era of Motsoeneng, the former COO, and the previous board which really worsened the situation of a problematic organisational culture.  There were numerous cases of intimidation, a huge problem with the State Security Agency and purging of employees if they were seen not to be agreeing with the management.  This has created quite a tense relationship between the workers and management.”  He went on to observe that there seemed to be little unity even between the unions, sometimes even between the workers themselves.  Parliament’s inquiry into the SABC revealed that the broadcaster had spent millions of rand in legal fees for Motsoeneng.  He was fired from the SABC last year for misconduct.

  • Read this report by Mary Jane Mphahlele in full at The Star


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