ANC’s invisible man loses his SABC echo

2008-05-10 00:00

TWO top figures at the national broadcaster have been suspended: its chief executive and the news editor. Almost anywhere else in the world it would be a media calamity. In South Africa it brings a ragged national cheer. Things can only improve. (Well, hope springs eternal on the subcontinent and it certainly would be difficult for things to get worse.)

The Mbeki-appointed SABC board, in which ANC MPs passed a vote of no confidence last week, struck back immediately. It suspended CEO Dali Mpofu, the man who suspended Zikalala. In a nursery rhyme-like sequence — “this is the dog that chased the cat that ate the rat that stole the grain that lived in the house that Thabo built” — the pro-Jacob Zuma ANC faction now wants to sack the board.

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