Best of City Press: Zuma wants SABC control, Hlaudi haunts broadcaster

2017-10-08 20:22

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If you missed the news and analysis from Sunday’s City Press, we’ve put together some of the highlights for you.

Zuma wants SABC control

President Jacob Zuma and Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo have been accused of deliberately delaying the appointment of the SABC board to make their own appointments as far as the strategic positions of chief operating officer (COO), chief executive officer (CEO) and chief financial officer (CFO) go – without the board’s input.

Sources close to the process have told City Press that Dlodlo and the now defunct interim board, headed by businesswoman Khanyisile Kweyama, fought over the recommended names for these positions, after the minister insisted on being given the initial short list that the board had drawn up.

Hlaudi's enforcer haunt broadcaster

A new governance model would help protect the SABC from political interference and from becoming embroiled in factional party battles.

Lessons have been learnt recently, but public vigilance is needed. President Jacob Zuma already showed his executive power by delaying the sign-off of the new board last week. Toxicity within the newsroom remains, despite valiant efforts by the interim board to clean things up. Last week, during an unannounced visit to Auckland Park, Van der Merwe found “a culture of fear was still there”. Hlaudi’s enforcers were still around and the impact of fund mismanagement was glaringly evident. Manipulation and self-censorship were still at play, with relentless pressure ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December.

Trial of death: the spine-chilling case of Rameez Patel

On Monday, 32-year-old Rameez Patel appeared in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court, having been charged with the murder of his mother, who was fatally shot three weeks ago.

The court then heard that he had to race to the High Court in Polokwane, where his trial for the 2015 murder of his wife, Fatima, was due to continue.

This week, his neighbours said that developments in court had struck fear in them and they were reluctant to mention his name in the presence of strangers.

They are also wondering what happened to Patel’s father, Feroz, who was murdered in August last year in what police initially suspected to be an attempted robbery.

They say this could explain why Patel’s brother has fled to London.

Would you visit The Vagina Shop?

The Vagina Shop is a friendly space for women to learn about vaginal health, including how everything from your diet and the kind of underwear you wear to the type of soap you use can affect your wellbeing.

For many women, talking about female hygiene is a sensitive subject. I mean, some of us can’t even say the word ‘vagina’ without blushing, rather resorting to terms such as “vjayjay” or “fanny”.

Feminine hygiene product manufacturer GynaGuard is hoping to free up the conversation with their pop-up shops, which have been springing up around Gauteng.


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