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SABC board chair hits out at political parties

Mbulaheni Maguvhe believes the current attacks on the SABC are an attempt to destabilise its board.

The SABC head office in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe says political party members, including those within the African National Congress (ANC), want to see the SABC collapse in order for them to advance business at the public broadcaster.

The SABC says it's unhappy about scathing remarks made by the ANC yesterday calling for an end to censorship at the broadcaster.

The governing party has said it was not consulted about the SABC's decision to ban the broadcasting of violent images at protests, which the party believes amounts to an unconstitutional policy change.

But the SABC is adamant that it did consult civil society organisations and political parties prior to making the editorial decision.

Maguvhe says he believes the current attacks on the public broadcaster are an attempt to destabilise its board which refuses to be influenced politically.

"This board can't be influenced to back a certain political party, including Hlaudi Motsoeneng himself who could not be influenced. They think that we are the enemy. The SABC serves the public, it doesn't serve the political parties."

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