Jane Duncan, Professor of Journalism at the University of Johannesburg says the situation at the state broadcaster is extremely worrying, but could have been anticipated. Speaking on the John Robbie Show, Duncan said recent events are a bad repeat of what happened 10 years ago when there was a succession battle involving Snuki Zikalala as the leadership battle in the ANC was hotting up. SABC acting CEO Jimi Mattews resigned and three senior journalists at the SABC have written a letter to their boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng, describing the heightened sense of fear and low staff morale in their newsrooms and the three SABC journalists may take suspension fight to ConCourt.
It's starting to happen again with the most contested election and succession battle looming.— Jane Duncan
This is focusing the public mind if we still need a public broadcaster.— Jane Duncan
Listen to Jane Duncan's interview with John Robbie here...