‘Lack of governance allowed certain editorial policies to be changed improperly’

The interim board says the SABC is currently being governed by the 2004 policy because it failed to consult with the public on policies.

FILE: SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) interim board says the lack of governance has allowed certain editorial policies to be changed without following proper processes, so it’s now involving the public to avoid a repeat scenario.

Axed COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng implemented controversial policies last year, banning the broadcast of violent protests and introducing 90% local content.

Interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama says the national broadcaster is currently being governed by the 2004 policy because it failed to consult with the public about new policies submitted last year.

Kweyama says part of the board's duty is to restore credibility and governance at the SABC.

She says the national broadcaster will, therefore, consult with the public about its policies on news coverage, languages and local content.

“Through this platform, we are calling on the public to make inputs so that they are part of shaping the future of the SABC.”

At the same time, Kweyama says financially, the SABC is not out of the red but it is in a better position compared to earlier this year.

The SABC's Philly Moilwa says now they want to hear from the public.

“The big question is: are we as the public broadcaster giving you enough and representing you enough in terms of local content? Those are the kind of issues that we anticipate engaging with members of the local out there.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)