SABC remains distressed from Hlaudi’s leadership

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is still suffering the effects of the leadership of former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Board Chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe. This is according to the submissions made by trade unions representing the employees at the public broadcaster.

Earlier today (Tuesday) the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Communications received the report following committee members’ interaction with the SABC unions.

The committee’s Content Advisor Mbombo Maleka also told the members that some of the unions were not as clean as they claimed because they sided with the management.

“It is safe to say honourable members that the SABC is reflecting the post trauma scenario. If you will recall coming from the era of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former CEO and previous board of Professor Magube which really worsened the situation of a problematic culture where there is really a huge presence of the state security agency. This is where there was huge presence of intimidation as well as purging of employees if they seem not to be agreeing with what the management wants.”

The Portfolio Committee on Communication is deliberating on submissions made by SABC unions during the committee’s visit to the SABC headquarters in Auckland park, Johannesburg earlier this month.

Committee Chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana says the summary of the submissions of the unions will be presented internally by the committee.

The submissions by the unions and their meeting with the committee followed concerns about unilateral programme changes that were made at some SABC radio stations and channel 404 without consultation.