I back no political party: Molefe

2012-04-12 21:37

Johannesburg - The reported reasons behind the SABC's decision to place head of news Phil Molefe on special leave were unfounded, he said on Thursday.

"I wish to place it on record that I do not back any political side or party across the political spectrum," Molefe said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the ANC Youth League questioned the SABC's decision, claiming it was because Molefe had given suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema too much airtime, as reported by The Star newspaper.

"It is becoming clearer now that [chief executive officer Lulama] Makhobo was appointed to pursue factional agendas in the SABC, and not fulfil the public broadcasting mandate of the SABC," the league said.

Molefe denied he had favoured any political group. "As a professional, my role is to ensure that all sides of a story are reflected in news output," he said.

On Tuesday, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirmed that Molefe had been placed on special leave pending the outcome of a meeting with Mokhobo.

Kganyago would not comment on the reasons behind the move, which drew widespread reaction from various groups.

The United Democratic Movement called for Molefe's reinstatement.

Leader Bantu Holomisa said it was "funny" how the same SABC senior management members always talked about the editorial independence of its news department when opposition parties complained about it being used to promote the ANC.

The Democratic Alliance said the reports that Molefe was put on special leave because of Malema confirmed that the SABC's editorial independence was under threat.

The Communication Workers’ Union welcomed the decision to put Molefe on special leave, claiming he had a history of "being extremely hostile to the trade union movement".

  • Piet - 2012-04-12 21:52

    With all the cadre deployment in the SABC, what did we expect. And Jimny said they are even going to deploy more cadres in the future! Dictatorship under the ANC is on its way!

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-12 22:11

    I say Down with Dictatorial tendencies which we daily experience under Zuma. The man has even told us that we will pay for etolls in this country, dictatorial tendencies are slowly crippling this country.

      Grant - 2012-04-12 23:39

      Not so long ago youwere saying you would kill for Zuma and you were going to carry him on your shoulders to Union Buildions. I don't understand.

  • Luviwe - 2012-04-12 22:16

    I so wish people can see the President for what he is, come to me and say Juju insulted him when he said, he is a dictator. What else is he not going to interfere with? Watch out South Africans, too much power.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-12 22:18

    As per usual, everything is as clear as mud.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-12 23:41

      It just looks like mud. It isn't really mud.

  • Farmworker - 2012-04-12 22:22

    So Lulama Mokhobo was appointed at the beginning of the year and he already started with some $#!t. Is it a problem that Mr Malema to get more coverage than the president who is always out of the country

      Luviwe - 2012-04-12 22:35

      Hence they even purged the former president.

  • esethu3 - 2012-04-13 00:54

    Truly speaking in any country the National Broadcaster will be dictated by the ruling party on the Kind of News it produces. Fact is, the SABC will foever back the ANC.Just like it would back the DA id they would be in power. THOSE GUYS ARE JUST DOING MIND-GAMES WITH US CITIFIED...puckEM

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-04-13 00:59

    Lulama please proof us wrong!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-13 01:58

    Who cares what they do at SABC !! Fudmuckers all of em!!

  • Nhlanhla - 2012-04-13 05:02

    This is unfair criticism levelled against Mr Molefe as there is nothing to write about Zuma except his politically scandals or his yesterday's birthday.

      Luviwe - 2012-04-13 08:15

      So true because he always shy away from pronouncing on policy matters.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-13 06:17

    Ja and I am Joan Collins !!

      Dave - 2012-04-13 08:47

      You havent aged well

  • Bongani - 2012-04-13 07:44

    Leadership is on panic mode and making wrong moves.

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