South Africa: SABC rocked by CEO's resignation

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s national broadcaster has been rocked by the sudden resignation of its acting chief executive Jimmy Mathews.

In a resignation letter seen by PANA, Matthews said the climate at the SABC had become too “corrosive” for him to remain in his position.

“For many months, I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the sidelines. In the process the prevailing, corrosive atmosphere has impacted negatively on my moral judgement and has made me complicit in many decisions which I am not proud of. What is happening at the SABC is wrong and I can no longer be a part of it,” he wrote.

The SABC has come under enormous criticism over the past couple of weeks for refusing to cover violent protests with SABC Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng saying they were damaging the credibility of the country.

Three top SABC journalists were last week suspended for objecting to a decision to not cover a protest. The Congress of South African Trade Unions slammed the decision, saying: “The SABC ought to be the voice of the South African people, informing, educating and entertaining all our communities and reflecting the diversity of our cultural, linguistic, political, religious, sporting and social heritage.”

The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) called on Motsoeneng to be fired as it believed the "erosion of the SABC can be laid squarely at his feet and those who seek to protect him".

"This resignation (Matthews’) comes hot on the heels of several politically motivated suspensions of those who speak out against the Motsoeneng, who has turned the public broadcaster into his own personal fiefdom, hell-bent on reporting only good news about President Jacob Zuma," DA MP and communications spokesperson Phumzile van Damme said in a statement.
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27 june 2016 15:10:31

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