Kaunda Selisho
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
19 Nov 2020
5:37 pm

WATCH: SABC’s Sakina Kamwendo hailed for speaking truth to power with SABC board chair

Kaunda Selisho

Kamwendo directly told SABC Board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini that he and other SABC executives have no idea how the SABC operates.

Morning Live SABC 2 host Sakina Kamwendo | Image: Twitter

SABC journalist Sakina Kamwendo has been hailed for speaking truth to power after a recent interview with SABC Board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini on SABC 2’s Morning Live.

This after she invited Makhathini, along with other SABC executives, to visit the studios to get a better understanding of just how much pressure the current SABC staff complement is under.

“Looking on the floor here, one, two, three cameras unmanned because one person has to jump from the jib to a camera and you know, sometimes even have to manage the auto-cue… you name it and all the time, numbers are being cut. We don’t see them as people. They are numbers and yet the product suffers, Mr Makhathini. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that.”

Makathini replied that the executive was open to being presented with “evidence” of gaps within the SABC that need to be filled.

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Kamwendo continued trying to drive the point home, this time telling Makathini that she was sure he had no idea what goes into putting a current affairs show together, and what the average producer would have to go through just to put such a show together.

“You don’t understand Mr Makhathini, your executive does not understand. You do not understand the operation of the SABC,” she added before throwing forward to an ad break.

Her colleague, Leanna Mannas tried to calm her down, adding a “well done” before the show cut to an ad break.

There were those who did not agree with Kamwendo’s approach.

Twitter users criticising Sakina Kamwendo’s interview with SABC board chair Bongumusa Makhathini | Image: Screenshot

She is not the first to take management at the SABC to task. Earlier this week, her colleagues Chriselda Lewis and Sophie Mokoena trended after a video was shared of the pair standing up for SABC staff members who had been served retrenchment notices.

The SABC is currently facing internal turmoil after it announced staff cuts with the intention of relieving the financial pressure that the public broadcaster has been under.

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