12 February 2018:

This petition serves to register our deep concern and infuriation with current developments in the News Division. This is despite the achievements of the Ad-Hoc committee’s inquiry into the SABC in 2016. This petition appeals to the board to urgently meet staff and address the following concerns;

A year since Parliament’s Ad-Hoc Committee issued its significant and binding recommendations for change at the SABC:

  • We are yet to see the end of impunity where those who were responsible for violating our editorial standing in society through their unlawful conduct and enforcement of political instructions, are held to account.
  • The SABC’s newsroom is still being led by enforcers, some of whom continue to disregard the changed editorial environment that calls for conscience and professionalism such as Ms Sophie Mokoena’s unethical instruction to staff not to ask any question on President Zuma’s recall in a recent ANC press conference.
  • Political interference continues, the latest known having been reported to the board recently without response or action against the implicated party. Instead, those who sought to report it are portrayed as liars.
  • We demand the immediate removal of the current compromised presidential corps team and the institution of an editorially independent team that represents the interest of the SABC as the voice of society, and not embed itself with the presidency.
  • Other than James Aguma and Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC continues to employ disgraced and discredited executives who propped up the previous regime. These people, such as Theresa Geldenhuys, who has been promoted to Head of Governance and Compliance, were found liable for serious transgressions by the ad hoc committee.
  • Management and the board promised to deal with the issue of enforcers speedily a year ago, however to date, they are yet to act. [Following a motion of no confidence against the said enforcers, management and the board pleaded for patience as they were dealing with the matter, but nothing has come of it].
  • We are told that they will also be investigated by the SIU, but it boggles the mind how the SIU that investigates criminal behaviour can also make a finding on editorial issues.
  • There is a re-emergence of reprisals against those who stood for the truth and for an independent public broadcaster. Victimisation of staff who stand for professional ethics continues. Here we cite the cases of David Magae, Boitumelo Korogo, Elvis Presslin, Mandisa Mazwi, Thandeka Gqubule, Phuthego Mojapele among others.


More than once, the SABC has been compromised editorially and our credibility and integrity will continue to be questioned. Our presidential correspondent compromise us editorially by sheepishly failing to call the executive to account, despite this, no one has been held responsible.

  • We demand that the political editor and news management be held accountable for making decisions that compromise us editorially
  • We demand an investigation into why the SABC failed to cover the address of the newly-elected ANC president at Nasrec, despite us having the staff and equipment at the venue.

Mismanagement of the newsroom

  • For the past six months, our news division has fallen prey to unprofessionalism mainly due to poor leadership and management by the Acting Head of News and Current Affairs, Kenneth Makatees.
  • Mr Makatees style of management and leadership has been reminiscent of the Hlaudi-style of management. He has imposed his preferred guests on Media Monitor staff, insisting on his involvement in the invitation of guests to Question Time, and micro-managing the newsroom and thus undermining his managers.
  • We hear that he has now been moved to channel 404, we demand a proper advertising of the post and his removal form the Johannesburg newsroom as his presence is bound to distabilise the newsroom and hamper progress.
  • Management must bear in mind that he was previously removed through a petition from the erstwhile SABC Africa.

Channel 404

We demand the immediate removal of Acting head of the news channel, Tebogo Alexander for:

  • Undermining of EP’s
  • Threatening reprisals on his subordinates instead of resolving newsroom issues professionally
  • Intimidation of contractors with dismissals
  • Bullying of his colleagues
  • Absolutely no professional mannerism or leadership skills

His behaviour disregards the rights and dignity of employees as outlined in the Constitution of South Africa and the LRA. We call for an investigation into his behaviour and his track record as a manager at the SABC where there is a pattern of reported harassment of staff and abuse of power and position against his subordinates.

Cancellation of Programmes on Channel 404:

In a display of the lack of management skills from the top of the News Division for five years, there has been no performance agreements or an understanding of what the shows aim to achieve. However teams have worked diligently to produce and broadcast these programmes. Suddenly and without professional and scientific rationale as well as consultation, programmes are being unilaterally pulled off air.

Affected staff has been told to ‘slot’ themselves into other shows. These are important decisions which must be done according to administrative procedure i.e. in a consultative thus professional manner.

We demand that no show be taken off air until the newly appointed GE can make her own decisions based on rationale and factual basis, informed by a news strategy, which has been consulted with the news staff. The SABC newsroom must be protected from personal vendettas and whims by some in management.

While we believe that management is within its right to decide on programme changes, but they need to be done in professional consultation with fellow managers and supported by rational reasons if they are to be cancelled.

The following programmes at issue are also the only audience interactive programmes on Channel 404;

Rights and Recourse – Following a meeting with Acting-GE: News Kenneth Makatees, staff was told that Rights and Recourse will be removed from Channel 404 schedule as from March 31 2018. However, on Friday the 23rd of February 2018, the team was told that their last show would be broadcast on Sunday the 25th of February without a further clarity.

Question Time – In the six months that Kenneth Makatees has been Acting as GE: News, he neglected to meet the Executive Producer about the programme’s performance. The Executive Producer had to hear from colleagues in the corridor about its cancellation before he was officially told by his line manager. The market intelligence figures show that this programme is the highest performing on the platform, therefore the decision to cut it is surprising. However, it is worth noting that this programme has annoyed news management in the past with its editorial independence and refusal to accept illegal instructions.

National Government events versus ANC party events:

Radio Current Affairs programmes were told that they will not travel to Parliament during SONA citing financial reasons. We would accept this if all events were treated equally. However, there is a precedent set where we over deploy to ANC events but have financial constraints when we have public events like SONA and BUDGET. We broadcast for the country and not the party. Eighty people were deployed to East London during the ANC’s January 8th statement. However, when it came to the crunch time of the broadcast – the team in Johannesburg had to take over; despite an over deployment.

We call for an investigation into this misuse of SABC funds at a time when we are on economic austerity. Similar incidences such as the Cuba trip (to cover the death if former Cuban leader Fidel Castro) must be investigated.


  • We wish to register concern about potential compromise of the process of appointing a Regional Editor in Kwa-Zulu Natal. We are aware of the fact that the process had to be halted because one of the interviewing panel members was conflicted and had not declared this. We call for a transparent recruitment process, free of undue influence where the best candidate must be appointed.
  • We also call for an investigation into Senior news management appointments, both in the national office as well as the regions.
  • SABC’s recruitment policy has been ignored in the appointment of a Provincial Editor in Limpopo. The appointment whose interviews, if any, were done secretively was made despite an on-going grievance procedure with the Acting/GCEO
  • We demand an investigation into alleged sex for jobs at the Mpumalanga office and everywhere else where such allegations have been made.

Staff Vetting for National Keypoint

We demand a halt to the vetting process which violates our constitutional right to privacy and dignity. The SABC as a National Keypoint is a matter that needs further deliberation and until such time, we will not allow our rights to be violated in this manner.


 We request an investigation into the irregular and inconsistent decisions to renew some contracts for the News technical team, and decline to do so for others where reasons provided defy logic.

We also demand the speedy appointment of a permanent head of the TV News Resources department which continues to be run unprofessionally without any sense of accountability by those who act in that position.

 HR Responsiveness

There are cases that remain unresolved for many years, despite the knowledge of News HR. We demand responsive HR department that is willing and able to resolve issues of workers without any bias.

 SABC’S Editor-In-Chief

Following a number of concerning pronouncements about the expected role of the newly appointed COO, we wish to remind management that in terms of the 2004 editorial policy which is currently in force, the editor in chief of the SABC is the CEO and not the COO. The News department is headed by the GE News who reports to the CEO. We therefore demand clarity on the role and responsibility of the COO in light of the fact that the matter regarding the decision to cut programmes has been referred to the COO.

We urgently request a meeting between the board and staff to discuss the issues raised above.

Yours sincerely

The undersigned (signatures on attachment)




The Public Broadcaster can spy on its employees, with consent.

The following clause has been found in the employment contracts of a number of SABC Employees:


4.1.9 to consent the SABC (sic) to intercept, monitor read, block or act upon any of
the Employee’s electronic and other communications which shall include, but not be
limited to, telephone conversations, emails and any stored files. A copy of Sections 5 and 6 of
the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of
Communication-Related Information Act No. 70 of 2002, is available on request from the SABC’s human
resources department.

When a job seeker is most vulnerable, applying for employment, this clause is included in the contract.

Who is going to brave enough to turn down a job disagreeing with a clause in a contract?

What is more shocking is the blanket consent to interception of communications.

The clause does not limit interception to the workplace only. The consent is for “any” of the employee’s communication, which include, but is not limited to private telephone calls and emails. It include SMS, Whatsapp and any stored files.

If you are a job seeker, do not consent to this gross invasion of your privacy by the SABC. If you have signed such a contract, please get in touch with us by sending your contract to

We will take up the matter on your behalf.




It is with shock and anger that we note the latest scandal unfolding at the public broadcaster, again, caused by non-employees of the SABC…the Board.

On the sixth of November BEMAWU wrote an email, requesting that the SABC follow a transparent process in filling the top 3 positions at the broadcaster.

We have not received a response from the SABC. And we are currently contemplating bringing a court application to compel the SABC to follow a transparent and open process, when appointing it’s executives.

The SABC is like a broken record. It once again finds itself on a slippery slope, and failing correction, employees will once again suffer the consequences of the instability created by the Board.

We commend Ms Kalidass for her courage to speak up, and regret that she has resigned. The SABC needs more people of her caliber to serve on the board.

We call for the urgent intervention of the Portfolio Committee, as well as the Communications Minister to speedily resolve this latest crisis. We are asking for measures to be put in place whereby the Board can be closely supervised by the Portfolio Committee, at least until there is proper stability.


Sent: Monday, November 06, 2017 10:32 AM

To: Nomsa Philiso <>


The Group Chief Executive


Auckland Park


Ms. Nomsa Philiso

Dear Madam,

This serves as a request to bring the contents of this email to the attention of the SABC Board.

The Broadcasting, Electronic Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) is calling on the SABC Board to publish the names, qualifications and CV’s of all the applications it received for the positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The Public Broadcaster is a national asset, belonging to the people of South Africa and we believe it is only fair the very same people are aware of who applied for those positions, and to follow the appointment process of the best candidates. We believe the same public scrutiny process must be followed as was done in the instance of the Board to remove any bias and suspicion of improper decisions when filling the top three positions.

As no appointment has been made as yet, we urge the Board to confirm in writing to BEMAWU it will make public the names of the Applicants and their CV’s on the SABC’s website within seven (7) days from this communique.

Kindly also provide us with a contact email address of the Board.


Hannes du Buisson








Dear Sir,

Kindly confirm whether the SABC Interim Board

  • has been paid for the six (6) months they have been in office,
  • and if so, how much were they paid?

The information is not privileged, as it will be published in the Annual Financial Statements of the SABC.

Awaiting your urgent response.





The matter between BEMAWU and others vs SABC and 2 others will be heard in the Labour Court on & November 2017.

BEMAWU obtained a personal cost order against Mr Motsoeneng and Tebele for their role in the dismissal of the SABC 8.

Both Motsoeneng & Tebele filed leave to appeal against the personal cost orders. The judgement is tomorrow, 7 November 2017 at 10:00, 6th Floor.



Dispute to SABC in respect of 10% Salary Increase.








Dear Sello,

The Salary Negotiations of July 2017, our letter of 13 October 2017 and the several meetings we had thereafter refers.

Further to these meetings and interactions we wish to confirm we have reached a dead-lock on our demand for a ten (10) percent salary increase across the board for BEMAWU members.


BEMAWU members (and only members of BEMAWU) demand an increase of ten (10) percent increase across the board, backdated to 1 April 2017.


The SABC has offered BEMAWU members no increase at all (0%)


Since both parties have not moved from these respective positions, and/or there is no agreement, the parties have reached stalemate, and is therefore in deadlock. To break the deadlock and to settle this dispute, the SABC is required to increase the salaries of BEMAWU members with ten (10) percent, and backdate such increase to 1 April 2017.

Should the dispute not be settled, BEMAWU members may exercise their rights to embark on a strike.

We await your invitation to a dispute resolution as per the Collective Agreement between the parties. Should the SABC not schedule the dispute resolution within the prescribed period, we will proceed to refer the dispute to the CCMA for Conciliation.



Letter to SABC Dispute 10%



Whilst midst a protected strike and firmly believing to have the backs of what we believed to be our comrades, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) withdrew the mutual interest dispute in respect of a salary increase for SABC employees and rendering the continuation of the strike risky and possibly unprotected.

As a responsible union, having members interests at heart, we immediately suspended the strike and requested our member to report for duty.

We are disgusted by the conduct of the CWU, who has messed with employee’s livelihoods, emotions and feelings. Our dispute is well and alive, not resolved and it is not going to disappear.


The communication here under is self explanatory.

From: Sello Xama []
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2017 1:48 PM
Subject: FW: Withdrawal of Referral – Case No. GAJB20270-17


Dear Sir/Madam

The above matter and the attached documents refer.


Sello Xama

General Manager: Group Employee Relations (Acting)

SABC SOC Limited.

SABC Radio Park Building, Office 1925, 19th Floor,

Corner Henley and Artillery Roads, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Private Bag X1, Auckland Park, 2006,

Gauteng, Republic of South Africa,

Tel: +27 (11) 714 2708 | Fax: +27 (11) 714 4030 / 3001



From: Shimane Kgantse []
Sent: Friday, 03 November 2017 1:43 PM
To: Thabo Mogalane; Boitumelo Fatane
Cc: Hannes du Buisson; booysen.mashego; Sello Xama
Subject: RE: Withdrawal of Referral – Case No. GAJB20270-17


Thank you Mr Mogalane


Shimane Kgantse

Acting Senior Commissioner Collective Bargaining
Telephone: +27113776733

Fax2Email:   086 506 9557

Cellphone:    071 306 5407
Call Centre: 0861 16 16 16 | Website:





From: Thabo Mogalane []
Sent: 03 November 2017 01:42 PM
To: Boitumelo Fatane <>
Cc: Shimane Kgantse <>; Hannes du Buisson <>; booysen.mashego <>;
Subject: Withdrawal of Referral – Case No. GAJB20270-17


This serves to inform you that Communication Workers Union is hereby withdrawing its referral to the CCMA – Case No. GAJB20270-17.

We would therefore appreciate it if all the necessary administrative arrangements in this regard could be done by the CCMA.

Thanking you in anticipation.



Thabo Mogalane

Deputy General Secretary

Communication Workers Union

Tel:  0117200360

Mobile:  0827105666

Fax:  0866701229



From: Shimane Kgantse <>Date: 27 October 2017 at 12:00:13 SAST

To: “” <>

Cc: “” <>, “” <>, Boitumelo Fatane <>

Subject: FW: GAJB20270-17- CWU vs SABS Soc Limited heard on 18 October 2017 at CCMA National Office
Dear Mr Booysen


Thank you for your mail.


The view of the Commissioner Madubanya who facilitated the wage dispute is that she did not get an opportunity to mediate over the dispute. We are mindful that legally there’s nothing precluding the Trade from embarking on a protected strike since thirty days has lapsed from the date of the referral. We however request you indulgence and provide us with an opportunity to have a mediated session with the parties before exercising your rights.

Looking forward to your positive response. 


Shimane Kgantse

Acting Senior Commissioner Collective Bargaining 

Telephone: +27113776733

Fax2Email: 086 506 9557

Cellphone: 071 306 5407

Call Centre: 0861 16 16 16 | Website:

From: Boitumelo Fatane 

Sent: 27 October 2017 11:44 AM

To: Shimane Kgantse <>

Subject: FW: GAJB20270-17- CWU vs SABS Soc Limited heard on 18 October 2017 at CCMA National Office


From: Booysen Mashego [] 

Sent: 25 October 2017 04:00 PM

To: Boitumelo Fatane <>

Cc: BEMAWU HEADOFFICE <>; Thabo Mogalane <>

Subject: Re: GAJB20270-17- CWU vs SABS Soc Limited heard on 18 October 2017 at CCMA National Office

We refer to the above matter and apologies for the delay to revert to you. We met on Thursday, 18 October 2017 with SABC, unfortunately parties could not agree on the settlement proposal. Kindly issue the certificate of non- resolution. 

Yours Faithfully


Booysen Mashego

National Legal Officer


On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2:52:12 PM GMT+2, Thabo Mogalane <> wrote: 

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Boitumelo Fatane <>

Date: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Subject: GAJB20270-17- CWU vs SABS Soc Limited heard on 18 October 2017 at CCMA National Office

To: “” <>

Cc: “” <>

Dear Mr. Mashego

Commissioner Duduzile Madubanya indicated that we will receive feedback from parties on the 20th of October 2017.

Kindly give us feedback of the above mentioned matter.

Your assistance in this regard will be highly appreciated. 

Kind Regards,

Boitumelo Fatane

HO-Case Management Officer: Mediation 

Telephone: +27113776937 

Call Centre: 0861 16 16 16 | Website:







This morning at approximately 09:40 BEMAWU received a letter from the SABC alleging the strike at the SABC is unprotected. 

BEMAWU vehemently denies this. We are in posession of a letter from the CCMA confirming our strike is protected and we may proceed with a strike. 

We nevertheless are in process to again confirm legally, in addition to the CCMA comminique that we are protected. 



BEMAWU today met with a delegation of the Board and Management to attempt to resolve the 10% wage demand.

Our expectation was, given the urgency of the matter, the Board would come with an offer as they discussed this and the pending strike in their three day meeting.  We were met by what appeared to be a semi hostile Board delegation which spent 20 minutes of the 1 hour meeting to try and lambaste BEMAWU  for sharing voice clips of the previous meeting with you, the members.

It was agreed to park that particular issue and get on with the businesses of the day.

The Board delegation was adamant they will not personally negotiate with BEMAWU, but merely wanted to inform us they want to reopen negotiations, and follow the normal process of putting together a management team to negotiate, securing a venue, bringing representatives from the Regions and restart, from scratch negotiations.

BEMAWU made it clear we will not agree to that process. We in fact informed the delegation we are past the stage of negotiations, and insisted mediation must take place tomorrow, (2 November 2017) where we obtain the services of a mediator, which we offered to pay for, should there be a cost involved. It was then agreed the SABC will make available a delegation, and so will BEMAWU to meet at 09:00 tomorrow (2 November 2017) and we will proceed, with or without a mediator to attempt to resolve the impasse.

We reported back to members and on behalf of management requested that the strike be suspended with one day to allow for the process to unfold. The members refused, and we reported that to Management. As we were concerned about the SABC, we proposed to management that we immediately (16:30) starts with mediation and negotiations to try and resolve the impasse, and that we continue through the night, if necessary. Management were unfazed by our plea for urgency. They insisted on tomorrow, at 09:00.

The strike is fully protected, and any employee or other trade union member may participate in the strike.

This strike is not only about a salary increase. The strike is also about unresolved grievances, unprocedural restructuring, abuse by management, unilateral change to shift rosters, unilateral change to terms and conritions of employment, abuse of staff in that freelancers are working for years now without any medical aid, pension ,leave, sick leave and other benefits. The strike is about the attitude of management in dealing with staff.

Most importantly, its about the future, and future treatment employees can expect from the SABC.

If the SABC is allowed to get away with a 0% increase, what is next?

  • Your 13th cheque?
  • The cancellation of their contribution to your medical aid? Will employees be able to then afford medical aid?
  • Taking away SABC contribution to your pension fund?
  • Another 0% next year?

Let us all withhold our labour, and make this strike as effective and short as possible.

We are the SABC!

We carried it, we continued to broadcast, we tried to upheld its integrity, its independence, its operations, its reputation, its well being  whilst being dismissed, victimised and intimidated by the previous political regime. We deserve respect.  We are not 5 year visitors, we are upstanding, professional men and woman, journalists, broadcasters, support staff, fathers, mothers, grandparents,  human beings…we deserve to be paid for our labour.   #WeAreSABC!

(Please note, our only official demand is a 10% increase. We are not adding demands like the unilateral restructuring  or anything else to the demands. These issues are principle, underlying issues)

Please use #WeAreSABC in all tweets!


  1. The strike is protected.
  2. All BEMAWU members, SABC staff, managers and other union members are entitled to participate.
  3. The strike starts at 06:00 tomorrow morning, 2 November 2017.
  4. Further communication will follow tomorrow.
  5. Join the applicable group hereunder.


Gauteng Strike Group

Mpumalanga Strike Group

Western Cape Strike Group

Northern Cape Strike Group

Tshwane Strike Group

Limpopo Strike Group

Freestate Strike Group

Eastern Cape Strike Group

KZN Strike Group