Editorials 27.7.2016 05:11 am

Shameless squandering at SABC must stop

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng speaks, 28 June 2016, at the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, where he insisted there is no revolt taking place within the SABC. Picture: Michel Bega

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng speaks, 28 June 2016, at the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, where he insisted there is no revolt taking place within the SABC. Picture: Michel Bega

The crisis bedevilling the public broadcaster is a waste of taxpayers’ and television licence money.

Yesterday, the SABC suffered yet another crushing blow when the Labour Court rescinded the decision to dismiss the journalists who challenged censorship at the public broadcaster.

The court’s decision is a victory for media freedom and democracy. The SABC must now abide by this court decision and allow the four who took the matter to court, and the other four who have also been dismissed, to resume their duties immediately – without any further victimisation.

The sad part of the crisis bedevilling the public broadcaster is the waste of taxpayers’ and television licence money, which is abused to fight court cases in defence of dubious decisions by SABC management.

Former SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala, who was exposed after falsifying her credentials, spent considerable time in a legal battle in a bid to keep her position.

The public broadcaster’s embattled chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, is also in and out of court, defending decisions that are in violation of the constitution.

He is splurging on legal fees to cling to the plum job he is not qualified for. This shameless waste of scarce public resources has to end.

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