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sabcFin24 reports that the Save Our SABC Coalition has warned newly appointed Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams that she might have acted unlawfully by "meddling" in the affairs of the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  

This came after the minister wrote a letter to the public broadcaster indicating that she could not support its plans to effect staff retrenchments.  Ndabeni-Abrahams’ letter, as well as visits she is said to have made to unions and staff, seemingly indicate that she is on the side of workers and wants to ensure jobs are protected before agreeing to a bailout for the financially-stressed broadcaster’s coffers.  Save Our SABC Coalition national coordinator Duduetsang Makuse noted that a high court ruling last year reaffirmed the independence of the SABC board from ministerial influence.  "We were calling all stakeholders to take a moment and back up.  There has been a breakdown of sorts between the broadcaster, the minister, Parliament and unions.  The minister should abide by the court ruling of 2017 and not be involved in the SABC board's affairs," said Makuse.  She added that Ndabeni-Abrahams’ oversight must be exercised through Parliament and observed that the minister’s decision to speak directly to the SABC unions and staff, while excluding management from the conversation, was potentially divisive and meddlesome.

  • Read Khulekani Magubane’s full original report in this regard at Fin24
  • Read too, Fourth SABC board member Lindile Tsedu resigns, at IOL News

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