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sabcNews24 reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has hit out at Ace Magashule after the ANC general secretary said the party would not allow retrenchments at the parastatal, reminding him that the public broadcaster controlled its own affairs.  

Magashule made the comments while delivering the Winnie Mandela memorial lecture in Polokwane on Friday.  "We must support the workers of the SABC.  The ANC, we committed ourselves publically... that we must not allow any retrenchments, even in our SOEs (state-owned enterprises)," Magashule said.   In a statement, the SABC noted with concern what Magashule had stated and added that it was necessary to confirm that the SABC Board had the exclusive power in terms of section 13(11) of the Broadcasting Act of 1999 to “control the affairs of the Corporation”.  This included how the SABC operated the business of the public broadcaster and conducted labour relations with its employees, said SABC spokesperson Neo Momodu, who noted further that the Board had inherited an organisation in a financial crisis as a result of many years of failures in governance, maladministration and poor decision-making.  Regarding possible retrenchments, Momodu said:  "We are not saying we [are] there yet.  We are contemplating it."

  • Read this report by Alex Mitchley in full at News24
  • Read too, SABC must consider cutting jobs to stay afloat, says CEO, at BusinessLive
  • And also SABC sued for R64m by SA Music Performance Rights Association (Sampra), at The Citizen

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