SABC blasted for ‘endemic rot’

2012-09-19 07:12

In a scathing response, Parliament has blasted the SABC for the “endemic rot” in the public broadcaster.

The SABC board is back in Parliament in Cape Town after last week’s appearance, as the trade union Mwasa is publicly demonstrating at the SABC’s Auckland Park headquarters.

The SABC and its board are being blasted in Parliament for its failure to provide detailed reports and are being massively criticised for not doing enough to address the several crises and serious issues which keep plaguing the SABC.

“How will you stop the rot? The SABC must show it is serious about stopping the rot,” Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications told the SABC board in Parliament yesterday.

“We have to see serious urgency in these matters.”

SABC is not turning around.

Members of the portfolio committee reprimanded the SABC board for what it called yet another inadequate report on how the corporation is addressing the myriad problems besieging the broadcaster, including serious irregularities by previous SABC board members and senior managers.

“It’s impossible to see what progress has really been made,” said the committee. “The lack of detail (in the latest report) is a major hindrance.”

“Whatever processes are in place are not working,” members of the portfolio committee told the SABC.

“The rot is endemic in the SABC and there needs to be stronger action taken to show that you’re serious.

“The SABC isn’t turning around. You presented a turnaround plan but things are not turning around. You can’t keep telling us the same story. In 2010 the SABC chairperson kept telling us the SABC is in a mess.

“You need to indicate to us there is progress. We want some movement, we want some progress.”

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