ANCYL questions SABC's Molefe decision

2012-04-11 16:30

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League has questioned the SABC's decision to put its head of news and current affairs Phil Molefe on special leave.

It accused the public broadcaster of having done this 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 Lulama] Makhobo was appointed to pursue factional agendas in the SABC, and not fulfil the public broadcasting mandate of the SABC," the league said in a statement.

"She should know from the beginning that all SABC CEOs who lead the public broadcaster with a narrow factional agenda and mandate never last at the SABC."

The Star newspaper said Molefe was put on leave after he apparently defied his senior executives' orders to give less airtime to Malema.

Politically motivated

He also allegedly refused to obey orders given to him by Makhobo and chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The ANCYL said placing Molefe on special leave was politically motivated and they would not be shocked if he were ultimately fired.

"The faction that influences appointments of CEOs believe that they are in control of everything in South Africa today."

The ANCYL called for Molefe to be immediately reinstated.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the ANCYL was reacting to a "speculative report" by the newspaper.

"This is a speculative report that doesn't have any basis at all," he said.

"What is strange is that all the newspapers have different stories and they all quote 'reliable sources' at the SABC. Something must be wrong," said Kganyago.

The Sowetan newspaper reported unnamed sources as saying Molefe was put on special leave because he was accused of leaking information to the newspaper and the Sunday World about Motsoeneng.


Some former and current SABC executives recently asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate Motsoeneng's alleged misdemeanours and his rise in the SABC management ranks despite not having a matric certificate, the newspaper reported.

According to the report, the decision by the SABC suggested it was in talks with Molefe to buy him out of his employment contract, which had become the norm at the public broadcaster.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) welcomed the decision to put Molefe on special leave.

"Molefe has a track record of being extremely hostile to the trade union movement and of being biased in terms of broadcasting," CWU national spokesperson Matankana Mothapo said in a statement.

"This is the issue we and other progressive organisations have been raising, about the manipulation of the SABC newsroom by senior people there."

He said CWU was worried about the negative publicity the SABC was getting.

"We urge the minister of communications to investigate thoroughly the leaks of confidential information to the media by some SABC board members and senior managers," said Mothapo.

  • Assegai - 2012-04-11 16:36

    I agree with the ANCYL. Malema is a lot more entertaining than Zuma!!!! A thousand times more. And with this move from the SABC.....we are starting to look like a dictatorship!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-11 16:40

      no, we starting to look like a mature nation who doesn't care about Malema and his militant troublemakers in the useless ANCYL !!!

      Assegai - 2012-04-11 17:11

      I don't agree with you. I am and will never belong to the ANCYL, but you can't suspend the chief of news because he has given Malema too much airtime. Are we heading for a state controlled broadcaster that will only broadcast what the President allows? Like Mugabe does? Sorry, Malema and whichever other political clown might replace him, are free citizens with freedom of speech and should be allowed to vent their opinions.

      Vince - 2012-04-11 17:50

      ANC versus ANC!!! Love it simply love it!!!! Best soap opera on tv today!!!

  • Mark - 2012-04-11 16:37

    Why does the media still put a spotlight on every move made by the ANCYL? Surely there are more important issues to report on.

      Kolobe - 2012-04-11 17:08

      ignore them at your own peril

      Wesley - 2012-04-11 19:05

      Please fire the News24 editor also. JM is so boring, irretating, no news. Stop entertaining him

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-11 16:41

    Please ANC NEC, just shutdown the useless and dysfunctional beret-wearing ANCYL !!!???

      Morama - 2012-04-11 17:04

      @ Charles,please refrain from your statements because the instability we have in this country is due to ANCYL!!! So don't take this people for granted.Have a look at Malema's economic freedom:JSE has part-taken?

  • nadia.chotu - 2012-04-11 16:51

    "The faction that influences appointments of CEOs believe that they are in control of everything in South Africa today"??????? I don't get this not the very same ANCYL that calls for nationalisation of everything? And uhmmm is ANCYL not part of the ANC??? #oh eheh comrade!!!! it is er time er for the current ANCYL er to cease movement of their er mandibles er. Er the gravy train er,er I mean the revolution er,er I mean the free rider is er over!

  • kimard - 2012-04-11 16:55

    whats the difference between gareth cliff and mal-emma? nothing - only by looks. they one is fat and ugly and the other a bit better looking. they are attention seeking kids - the more they get, the more they want. how do they get it? with hysterical insults to public figures. its sick to think that we are paying tv licenses to the SABC so that molefe can promote his buddy's political career! news 24 is doing exactly the same

      Grace - 2012-04-11 17:06

      Geez.. You can't compare the two. Firstly Gareth Cliff is intelligent! Secondly he says it like it is. Thirdly if you don't like him then don't listen to his show!

      Assegai - 2012-04-11 17:24

      I agree with kimard. I don't listen to Gareth Cliff either because I think his head is way too big for his body, just like the fat one!

      Morama - 2012-04-11 17:38

      News 24 is even worse.

  • Kliphart - 2012-04-11 16:55

    talk about a dick-tator! Egypt is just by door we will remove it ourselves.

  • Grace - 2012-04-11 16:59

    Anything that irks the ANCYL-biters pleases me lol...

      Kolobe - 2012-04-11 17:09

      including zuma?

  • Morama - 2012-04-11 17:00

    Jacob Zuma is looking for the second term which if he gets won't stay untill it comes into an end.He must not accept nomination in Mangaung.Oooh,i nearly forgot that he is having alot of cases above his head so for him not to be charged must protect himself by surrounding himself with the intelligency like now.

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-04-11 17:02

    Elkeen mis op sy eie vullishoop! Grappie in die vlg paar maande gaan ons sien hoe hul mekaar vernietig! Lekk.....

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-04-11 17:03

    Again the ANCYL is getting itself involved in issues that have nothing to do with youth empowerment,all they know is to deal with issues that are irrelevant to the needs of the youth.All of them are the same,useless cows.

  • Guy - 2012-04-11 17:07

    I love the way that generally the "media" are the enemy and anything they say is rubished ny the ANCYL, UNTILL it is in their favour! Then it's OK !

  • Frank - 2012-04-11 17:07

    But Juju just won news maker of the year, dominates news 24's 'most read' and 'most commented' and makes local and international headlines.. Mr Molefe had a valid reason to give him more airtime than Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. So whats the CEO's problem?

      Assegai - 2012-04-11 17:28

      I fully agree with you. I am already miserable after one week and having severe withdrawal symptoms. All our political comedy has been taken from us and replaced by a sad sack old President..........

  • Frank - 2012-04-11 17:08

    But Juju just won news maker of the year, dominates news 24's 'most read' and 'most commented' and makes local and international headlines.. Mr Molefe had a valid reason to give him more airtime than Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. So whats the CEO's problem?

      nhla.prv - 2012-04-11 22:17

      Well said. i think this order came from the forces up somewhereafter he called them dic...

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-04-11 17:52

    We had enough already of these lazy boys who don't want to earn an honest living, show boating with their big bellies like old timers. The are more than enough capable, competent and educated youth who can drive the League to greater heights.

      Assegai - 2012-04-11 18:01

      A Thousand Thumbs Up for you for this comment. I agree it is about time someone with an education takes over. Enough of this uneducated hooligan!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 18:36

    ANCYL is slowly becoming an "opposition party". It is high time that ANC rid rubbish within its structures before it is too late.

  • Karl - 2012-04-11 18:50

    ANCYL is led by people who doesnt the structure of the mother body,i urge ANC to desolve the current ANCYL leadershp before its too late..

  • VisionRI - 2012-04-11 18:56

    Maybe im just stupid or dont understand the job mechanism properly yet, but if you disobey direct and clear orders from your superiors, (regardless of how right you might think you are) doesnt that usually result in a warning, suspension or getting fired? Please make me understand people im lost

  • Ian - 2012-04-11 19:15

    When you are hired to do the job, you do it as you are told no matter your personal opinion. But it is clear Air Mangaung flight has landed at SABC. Molefe is for Malema faction and Motsoeneng is for Zuma.

  • jabu.sibeko1 - 2012-04-11 19:45

    Surely it shows that you must not have a different thoughts and must allow anyone to tell you what to do or else you will be suspended wow.... cowards,basterds...\r\n\r\nwe are the youth and will fight for our right please old man give up now and you wont lead forever

      malesela.tshegela - 2012-04-12 07:59

      sho banagana gore ke bona bomang?zuma le mantashe ba bona o kare bophelo bo thoma ka boma,watch out,the rocket is about to fly from south korea today and malema wil fight back to the bitter end?

  • Sithembele - 2012-04-15 10:34

    Mr Molefe gets what he did to Snuki Zikalala when Snuki was in a big crisis with SABC when they televised Cope in Bloemfontein 16DEC2008 it is not enough for him i will support his dismissal with immediate effect;Mr. Molefe you must know this again; what goes around it shall come the same

  • morati.maropola - 2013-02-26 17:06

    SABC is not a public broadcaster but a government broadcaster PARTY POLITICAL PROPAGANDA

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