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South Africa: Three SABC Board Members Abandon Ship Amid Political Interference

News24 has reported that three board members have recently resigned from the SABC after reports of political interference.

Board member Krish Naidoo, Deputy chairperson Khanyisile Kweyam and DA nominee John Mattison, are the trio that is said to who have left the public broadcaster’s board.

Naidoo said that some of the board members’ inability to understand the difference between accountability, corporate independence and political interference had unfortunately created a breakdown in the relationship with South Africa’s new Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Ndabeni-Abrahams was previously reported to be opposing the SABC’s proposed job cuts, which include the retrenchment of almost 1,000 permanent and 1,200 freelance workers.
She had previously stated that it would be in the government’s best interest to avoid these proposed retrenchments because the government still has a responsibility to reduce unemployment.

However, the SABC board has reportedly stuck to its guns on its plan to cut jobs.

In a leaked letter Ndabeni-Abrahams wrote that the SABC board made it clear at a recent meeting that, irrespective of the success of a bailout or a government guarantee, they would still proceed with the retrenchments.
She added that she was ready to stop engaging with the SABC because of its refusal to cancel the job cuts.

The SABC needs approximately R3 billion by March 2019 in order to continue paying wages and other expenses.

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