SABC CEO resignation met with anger

The SOS Coalition says Lulama Mokhobo’s decision to step aside after just two years is unacceptable.

SABC's headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lulama Mokhobo's decision to resign as CEO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is premature and leaves the company rudderless, the Save Our SABC: Support Public Broadcasting (SOS) Coalition said on Monday.

The public broadcaster earlier confirmed her resignation after a week of speculation.

SOS Coordinator Sekoetlane Phamodi hit out at Mokhobo and the SABC as a whole.

"The resignation is an admission of failure," he warns. "Beyond that, it's also going to result in the fact that the SABC is no longer going to have a permanent senior executive."

Phamodi says the SABC now finds itself with a lack of leadership and direction.

He says this is a sensitive time for the state broadcaster and its audience.

"We simply cannot accept this resignation as it would mean that at this critical time, three months ahead of an election, the SABC is left with no permanent senior executives and consequently, no real leadership."

Phamodi believes this leaves South Africans without a stable public broadcaster to meet their information needs, "the kind of information that can enable them to cast an informed vote."

"The people of South Africa, to whom the SABC is entirely beholden, deserve more than this. We deserve an accountable SABC, a stable SABC staffed with permanent and visionary leadership at the highest levels. In short, [we need] an SABC that works."

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) agrees.

"When you are in an acting position, you are not allowed to make any permanent appointments," explains union President Hannes du Buisson, adding the move will hamper the SABC "quite seriously."

But du Buisson says the union isn't going to miss her.

"We do not believe that she has made a real difference to the SABC."