South Africans should be concerned about the alleged political interference taking place at the SABC, says activist Sekoetlane Phamodi.
Four SABC board members have resigned amid rising tensions over the retrenchment of workers at the public broadcaster.
Presenter Eusebius McKaiser facilitated a discussion on the state of affairs at the SABC with multiple guests.
Phamodi, a freedom of expression activist, says the SABC is one of the country's biggest employers - with over 3000 permanent staff and contracted freelancers and production companies.
The SOS Coalition's Duduetsang Makuse says there's a stalemate between the Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and the SABC
She says Parliament's portfolio committee on communications needs to rein in the minister who appears to be making decisions on its behalf.
She adds that the committee, the SABC board and the minister are talking past each other at this crucial decision-making time.
Broadcasting union Bemawu says the portfolio committee on communications has failed in its oversight role at the corporation.
Bemawu's president Hannes du Buisson says the government is to blame for the state of the SABC.
Meanwhile, ANC MP and committee member Mziwamadoda Kalako claims that none of the board resignations are directly linked to the minister's actions.
He says the committee proposed that the SABC relook its staff complement as a big portion of its budget goes to salaries.
There's a tension in the relationship [between the SABC and minister] that needs to be resolved in everyone's interest.— Duduetsang Makuse, National Co-coordinator at the SOS Coalition
The minister came into a conversation that's already been playing out for a couple of months... she ends up aggravating the situation.— Duduetsang Makuse, National Co-coordinator at the SOS Coalition
She was engaging staff and unions on an operational matter. Had she come to the SABC with the committee members, it would have been better. It wouldn't have looked like a political actor with a political agenda to deal with operational matters.— Duduetsang Makuse, National Co-coordinator at the SOS Coalition
The new dawn is premised on jobs, economic growth and the stability of public institutions... So to lose jobs at one of the country's major employers at this juncture will cause great consternation among the people of SA.— Sekoetlane Phamodi, Freedom of Expression Activist
We all do need to be alarmed as a nation about the recapture of our SABC for political purposes.— Sekoetlane Phamodi, Freedom of Expression Activist
Both the minister and the board report to us as a committee.— Mziwamadoda Kalako, ANC MP and Member Portfolio Committee on Communications
It's us, Parliament, who made recommendations to rationalise the staff complement there.— Mziwamadoda Kalako, ANC MP and Member Portfolio Committee on Communications
Government is responsible for this situation. It must take responsibility for what has happened.— Hannes du Buisson, President and Spokesperson of Bemawu
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