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'SABC being used to further the interests of the ANC'

Jay Naidoo has described the situation at the public broadcaster as a ‘disaster’.

SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Former Cabinet Minister and unionist Jay Naidoo says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is again being used to further the interest of the African National Congress (ANC).

He says South Africans should be outraged about developments at the public broadcaster.

Acting CEO Jimi Matthews resigned suddenly on Monday announcing that for months he had to compromise his values and was complicit in decisions he was not proud of.



Matthews's resignation followed the suspension of three SABC staff members for opposing a decision not to cover an anti-censorship protest.

Naidoo has described the situation as a "disaster".

"It's been reduced back to its master's voice articulating the interests of those that control political power today. It is a huge disservice because at the heart of our Constitution is notions and the principles of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association. They have completely gutted that."

Naidoo says censorship of the public broadcaster goes against the provisions of the Constitution.

He adds there should be widespread outrage about developments at the SABC.

"And therefore what's happening in the SABC is a sacrilege of what we intended to do when we built the democracy and wrote into the Constitution freedom of speech. And the SABC is supposed to be that."

He says the fault lies with management.

"The fact that we have management playing the role of censorship board within the SABC is a complete abrogation of the Constitution's provisions."