5 October 2016

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) has followed with interest the Communications Portfolio Committee meeting today.

It has become a trend for SABC’s Boards to end up in the chambers of Parliament and be scolded for maladministration, lack of corporate governance and misconduct. It has become a trend for Board members to come to Portfolio meetings and tender, in full view, in a dramatic manner and on National TV their resignations – too late.

By working of the resignation of the two Board members the SABC Board is now no longer functional and cannot make any decisions. It has no quorum.

It is not only the Board that must go – all other unlawfully and unprocedurally appointees must also be removed.

There should then be an inquiry looking into all procurement processes, the appointment of consultants and the payment of bonuses.

The SABC must be cleansed as a matter of urgency. Executives on pension must be on pension, not filling positions simply because they can be manipulated.  Monies must be recovered from individuals involved in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The SABC must become a true public broadcaster, rolling out Provincial broadcasting, and take news to the people from the people. Citizen journalists should be utilised and allowed to participate in the news network of the SABC by providing, via modern technology news from everywhere as it happens and when it happens.

The Head of News has been appointed unprocedurally and unlawfully by unlawfully and unprocedurally appointed people. He must be removed and replaced by a competent and reputable person who is suitably qualified via an open and transparent public process.

The Human Resources unit at the SABC must be cleansed, and an urgent process must be put in place to address the numerous Human Resources issues like no career paths, no promotion, no advancement and no recognition for years of service in terms of promotion. The vast majority of SABC staff have been employed for periods up to 25 years without any prospects of promotion or upward movement.

The middle management issues must be addressed on an urgent basis.

We welcome an interim board and we will support any Board coming to the SABC to do the right things, and follow the correct and fair processes.

Tsamaya hantle, Mchana!

Hannes du Buisson



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