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‘The SABC is not in crisis'

SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe also commended controversial COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe has announced Jamers Aguma as new acting CEO at the public broadcaster on 28 June 2016. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairman Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe says the public broadcaster is not in crisis and insists its Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, is doing a sterling job.

An urgent staff meeting took place at the SABC in Johannesburg this afternoon, where James Aguma was appointed as the corporation's acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

He's been appointed just a day after acting CEO Jimi Matthews resigned, and three senior reporters spoke out about their working conditions following a series of controversial policy decisions taken by Motsoeneng.

Maguvhe says the SABC is not in crisis and he has commended Motsoeneng for what he describes as "his sterling work", in terms of securing the necessary funds in order for the public broadcaster to carry out its mandate.

"The only people who spread these rumours, are trying detract us from the noble idea of fulfilling the mandate. I am appealing to detractors to leave the SABC alone."

The board chairperson says disciplinary processes will continue, if staff members do not adhere to the company's policy.

He says people will come and go, and they are confident that whoever resigns can be replaced by competent individuals.