Public failure

2014-02-23 10:00

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The SABC is too important for our democracy to be allowed to collapse. It has been in the news for all the wrong reasons again.

This week, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela issued her report, revealing that the appointment of the acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, was irregular.

This came after several media reports revealed that the COO was underqualified and overpaid.

It is shocking that the SABC did not conduct any investigations into this matter.

It is more shocking how Motsoeneng has become such a powerful figure in the SABC?–?to the detriment of the public broadcaster.

The public is losing confidence and trust in the manner in which the SABC is being run.

It plays an important role in being the voice of the voiceless and should be a public broadcaster that provides us with balanced reporting.

We are going to the polls in a few months’ time. How do we expect the broadcaster to deliver on its mandate when there is no substantive leadership?

There has to be a leadership overhaul at the SABC.

The problems at the state broadcaster are a clear failure of governance and ethics, as the Public Protector puts it.

Now that all this information has come out into the open, the public broadcaster must do the right thing and save the SABC from falling apart.

In principle, the SABC should be put under administration‚ an audit should be conducted to maintain its credibility and a public editor must be appointed before the elections.

The SABC’s core business is to deliver a variety of high-quality programmes and services through television and radio that informs, educates, entertains and supports the public. However, it seems to be doing exactly the opposite.

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