ANC slams SABC over 'series of crises'

The ANC says the issues reflects a lack of leadership and those responsible have not been held accountable.

FILE: The ANC says the issues reflects a lack of leadership and those responsible have not been held accountable. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says a series of crises at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reflects a lack of leadership and those responsible for the chaos have not been held accountable.

The party adds in its discussion documents that the migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) should not be used to consolidate broadcasting monopolies.

In these papers, the ANC said that in confronting these situations at the SABC, there has been an emphasis on reporting processes, but those responsible for creating those crisis have not be held to account.

That may be seen as a rebuke from the corporation's Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The papers also refer to the DTT project, and says the ANC's policies oppose dominant players, consolidating monopolies and adds ANC deployees must implement ANC policies.

Faith Muthambi is being criticised for going ahead with unencrypted digital television when the ANC's communications committee wanted an encrypted system.

Her decision has also been interpreted as helping DStv as it could make it harder for eTV and other free to air broadcasters to transmit high quality content.