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James Aguma appointed acting CEO of the SABC

James Aguma takes over from Jimi Matthews, who resigned yesterday.

James Aguma. Picture: Screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - James Aguma has been appointed as the acting CEO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

He takes over from Jimi Matthews, who resigned yesterday.

The SABC is expected to confirm the appointment at a press conference this afternoon.

Aguma has been serving as the broadcaster's Chief Financial Officer.

SABC Board Chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe made the announcement appointment during a special staff meeting at Auckland Park this afternoon.

Maguvhe reportedly re-assured employees that there is no crisis at the public broadcaster despite threats of a strike by some senior journalists, who are concerned about the broadcaster's editorial direction.

Three staff members penned a letter to Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng requesting a meeting to discuss what they called a 'heightened a sense of fear and low staff morale' in newsrooms.

They also complained about censorship and the suspension of three colleagues, who were reprimanded for disagreeing with a decision not to cover an anti-censorship protest.

JIMI MATTHEWS CALLS IT QUITS

Matthews announced his resignation on Twitter yesterday.

He tweeted a picture of his resignation letter, saying the "corrosive atmosphere" at the SABC has impacted negatively on his moral judgement.



He took over from Frans Matlala, who was suspended barely five months into the job last year.

At the time, Matlala was the broadcaster's ninth CEO, including those who were appointed in an acting capacity, since 2009.