EWN's Gia Nicolaides, reports from the meeting underway at the SABC. The meeting was called urgently to address staff following the resignation of the Acting CEO and the suspensions of senior journalists over the past few days.
The company’s chairman Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe is addressing the briefing, has said there is no crisis and wished Acting CEO Jimi Mathews who resigned yesterday, well. He said they have appointed CFO James Aguma has been appointed as Acting CEO.
Niccolaides says Maguvhe made it clear that COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has done sterling work and the organisation is in a process of transformation.
He denied any truth of a possible revolt at the SABC, this is just another agenda from other media houses, and in fact said employees are excited and happy.
It is employees prerogative to resign, by they will be easily replaced by competent people, he added.
Maguvhe stated that it was not possible for any media organisation to be 'independent'. Every organisation is accountable to someone and the SABC is accountable to the public.
Niccolaides said there was an indication that Mathews was in fact close to retirement and a new CEO would have been appointed soon anyway.
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