SABC workers' job uncertainty amid board member resignations

Eyewitness News has confirmed seeing the letters of three SABC board members namely Khanyisile Kweyama, Krish Naidoo and John Matisonn.

The three reportedly submitted their resignations following a disagreement with the newly appointed Minister of Communication Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams over staff retrenchments.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela says the problem began when the minister proposed that the board halt instituting Section 189 while looking for a bailout.

Read: 'There is a leadership problem at the SABC'

Some of the board members did not agree with the proposal. They wanted to continue with the plan and implement Section 189 and retrench workers at the SABC.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says after meeting with the board, the minister wrote a letter to it saying she believes they are not acting in the best interest of the country and as a result, she won't continue having any kind of engagement with it.

He says that the Presidency has been mum on the resignation of these three board members. It hasn't confirmed or denied receiving the resignation letters.

He speculates that the matter could be resolved behind closed doors.

Officially the Presidency is not confirming anything. We have seen the copies of the three letters but whether they have reached the office of the presidency, it's another question.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela adds that the resignations of the board members seem to have caused confusion amongst SABC staff.

When we talk to the staff members on the ground they talk about how it is unclear, saying that they've been waiting for some kind of leadership to say if the retrenchments are continuing or not.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

What is becoming clear to them is that there are deep disagreements on how the corporation is handling this issue of its own turnaround strategy.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Aubrey Tshabalala, General Secretary of Communication Workers Union, says the board members who have resigned have integrity.

You cant serve the executive and the board that is basically a law unto themselves and are not willing to account to anyone without even looking at any other stakeholders inputs and think that their own decisions are alpha and omega.

Aubrey Tshabalala, General Secretary of Communication Workers Union

The public broadcaster should remain that way with the government as the sole shareholder.

Aubrey Tshabalala, General Secretary of Communication Workers Union

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