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Stella Ndabeni declines to weigh in on issues gripping SABC

Ndabeni says the ministry is awaiting a briefing from the SABC board and will only comment after.

Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndebeni has declined to weigh in on the various debacles gripping the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Ndabeni says the ministry is awaiting a briefing from the SABC board and will only comment after the broadcaster releases its annual report.

The SABC has been ordered by communications regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), to scrap a contentious ban on broadcasting visuals of violent demonstrations.

Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni says the communications ministry is waiting for the SABC to table its annual report in Parliament in September.

"For now they've not presented it. Until such time that we're able to analyse and say where did we go wrong, that's what we can do. But we're still in a learning curve as we make mistakes.

"But ours is to make sure that we bridge those gaps, we bring the people if we're saying it's skills shortage but if we see that it's mismanagement, how do we deal with that?"

Ndabeni is also not commenting of Icasa's ruling against the SABC, saying it's up to the broadcaster's board to decide on the next course of action.

The deputy minister has reiterated her faith in the leadership at the SABC.

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