Former SABC bosses join call to end censorship at the SABC
They’ve addressed a letter to the president, communications minister & chairperson of the SABC board.
Seven well-known players in the South African media landscape have addressed a letter to President Jacob Zuma, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and chairperson of the SABC board Mbulaheni Maguvhe.
They say they feel "duty bound" to speak out about what they describe as the "despoliation" of the SABC.
The letter is signed by former decision makers at the public broadcaster, namely Brigalia Bam, Barney Mthombothi, Joe Thloloe, Njabulo Ndebele, Allister Sparks and Mathatha Tsedu.
Thloloe currently serves as South Africa's Press Ombudsman and Tsedu is executive director of the South African National Editors' Forum.
They are calling on the SABC Board to appoint an independent task team that will probe the malaise at the broadcaster and allow employees to give evidence without fear of victimisation.
Former Deputy CEO of the SABC Govin Reddy also signed the letter. He says, "As people who were so intimately involved in the transformation of the SABC, and we worked very hard in those years to make it a proper public broadcaster, to see it going backwards like this is heart-breaking."
They are worried the SABC is showing clear signs of once again becoming a state broadcaster.
To read the full letter from the former SABC executives, click here.