EDITORIAL | It’s cloudy again at SABC and there won’t be ...

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EDITORIAL | It’s cloudy again at SABC and there won’t be sunshine ’til ANC’s gone

Editor-in-chief faces disciplinary charges ‘for refusing to run an interview with Ramaphosa before the local elections’

Editorial

It’s groundhog day all over again at the SABC, where the editor-in-chief, a seasoned journalist with 20 years’ TV news experience, is fighting for her job after allegedly putting ANC snouts out of joint.

Things have been relatively civilised at the public broadcaster since the final departure of COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng in mid-2017, but the findings of a parliamentary ad hoc committee that year sound just as relevant in late 2021, after disciplinary charges were levelled against Phathiswa Magopeni.

Political meddling, unlawful dismissals and management interference in editorial decisions were among the problems MPs identified four years ago, and they are the same issues Magopeni highlighted this week when she submitted formal complaints about CEO Madoda Mxakwe and board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini...

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