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SABC axes political editor

2011-01-13 21:44

Johannesburg - The SABC fired its political editor, Xolani Xundu, the broadcaster reported on Thursday.

The report said Xundu pleaded guilty to the two charges against him.

He was charged with "non-compliance with the duties of his contract and bringing the corporation into disrepute".

He was found guilty on both charges.

Xundu reportedly faced disciplinary action over his poor handling of the coverage of the ANC's national general council in Durban in September last year.

The Sunday Times reported that SABC news head Phil Molefe began the new year with a purge of senior editors. The report said the biggest casualty had been the head of television news, Amrit Manga, who now holds the economics editor position.

The paper described the move as a drive by Molefe to remove editors appointed by his predecessor, Snuki Zikalala.

Comments
  • maseratifitt - 2011-01-13 21:59

    He was charged with "non-compliance with the duties of his contract and bringing the corporation into disrepute". "...his poor handling of the coverage of the ANC's national general council in Durban..." This says a lot to me. Can't we just totally open up the Media? Have NO Government involvement ? Let Democracy grow?

      JMan - 2011-01-14 10:56

      Apparently not. :/

  • Alan - 2011-01-13 22:22

    If you do not satisfy ANC. Out you go. thats it !!!! "All Naive Culprits"

  • Sizwe - 2011-01-13 23:47

    The man pleaded GUILTY its an open and shut case.

      CygnusX1 - 2011-01-14 11:42

      No Sizwe, by doing a little digging you will find it is not merely a 'open a shut case".

  • Lockstock - 2011-01-14 02:18

    The fact that this is so open, speaks volumes on the ANC's arrogance, as well as the SA populations willingness to accept this gross violation of the law (by extension).

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-01-14 06:10

    YAW you moron, are you going to copy and paste this comment into every story that news24 runs? or are you just to stupid to to make your own comments

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-01-14 08:04

    Its ANC coverage or the backdoor. Banana Republic is what we have. Way too many gorillas, chimps and baboons running the show. Hope we have enough bananas!

      ronbonjon - 2011-01-14 11:27

      I havent seen one gorilla, chimp or baboon running government - only brainless idiots - keep the animals out of it

  • bill - 2011-01-14 10:09

    When theives fall out.....Who cares? Their service is so poor and blatantly ANC that no slf-respecting journo would work for them.

  • ir8m8 - 2011-01-14 10:25

    have to agree with many of the comments, i mean since when does a political party get sole rights to show its statements...January 8 etc etc...i mean the pres was acting in his party role not official role, Welcome to the banana rep. of Mzanzi....fo shure!!

  • Kenko - 2011-01-14 10:32

    Just when I thought the "leadership" got their act together and fire incompetents, I realized he was fired because he didn't glorify the ANC enough. Shame really.

  • Julius - 2011-01-14 11:29

    The ANC is just like the NATS, the think they own the SABC and are even starting their own paper

      Julius - 2011-01-14 11:29

      Sorry forgot to add - and Just as Racist

      Jou Mal Emmer - 2011-01-19 15:38

      The SABC reminds me of the movie, "planet of the apes!"

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