'Lack of managerial expertise behind SABC crisis’

The ANC says it’s wrong of the SABC not to conduct consultations before introducing policy changes.

ANC's Jackson Mthembu at media briefing on the SABC in Johannesburg, 5 July 2016. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says a lack of expertise at the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) top managerial level has seen the broadcaster move from one crisis to another.

The party today held a briefing on the SABC's decision not to broadcast violent images during protests, which it says borders on censorship.

The party says it was wrong of the broadcaster not to conduct the relevant consultations before introducing policy changes.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says questionable decisions being made at the SABC are due to unqualified top management.

"At the highest managerial level we are lacking, that is why we keep on moving from one crisis to another."

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He says while other staff members have the necessary skills and knowledge, their positive input is being undone by incompetent top management.

Mthembu says the ANC has always insisted that top appointments at the public broadcaster follow legal guidelines and see competent people selected.

The party says it will have a meeting with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi next week to discuss developments at the broadcaster.


At the same time, the party says it's disturbed by claims it colluded with SABC employees to censor coverage of the Economic Freedom Fighters during the 2014 elections.

The party says it has never interfered at the SABC or asked that the broadcaster convey messages on its behalf.

Mthembu said the broadcaster's board must account for controversial changes to editorial policy.

He says an inquiry must be held into allegations ANC members colluded with SABC staff to disadvantage other parties.

"We are saying we are not afraid on an inquiry [into] the SABC, because so many things have been said about the ANC. If there is any favouritism directed at the ANC, in the SABC, let there be an inquiry."