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'Manipulative abuse at the SABC' – audit

2014-02-05 12:40
Cape Town – An independent audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), described as "shocking" by parliament, has revealed and found "manipulative abuse at the SABC".

The SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo who just resigned from the public broadcaster but isn’t even willing to give reasons or explain why – as well as Hlaudi Motsoeneng as acting chief operating officer (COO) together with other SABC top executives and board members – appeared in front of parliament’s portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday.

They had to try and explain the dismal skills audit report on the SABC which was carried out across 842 job titles at the SABC and which is described as “really worrying”.

According to the findings of the audit read in parliament, SABC personnel "do not trust the SABC's management team or the SABC board". SABC personnel "question the ability of the above-mentioned and demonstrate a negative attitude towards the organisation which could negatively influence the total corporate culture at the SABC".

"One hears Lulama Mokhobo say there's going to be a great turnaround-strategy at the SABC, and we're going to have a brand-new SABC. Not with the current skills set you've got in executive management," said Marian Shinn, the DA's member of parliament and shadow minister of communications.

"Six don't meet the minimum requirements for strategic thinking according to the report. What on earth makes you think that the current crop of executive management at the SABC can actually be entrusted with turning the SABC around?" asked Shinn.

Senior SABC staff don’t complete numeracy test

"Fifty percent at the SABC not able to demonstrate adequate levels of solving problems and making decisions. A further 15% only demonstrated marginal competence in strategic thinking. These are the people who are going to turn the SABC around. No, I don't think so!" she said.

"The senior management at the SABC couldn't even be bothered to do the numeracy test that was required for a proper skills assessment. The entire senior management of the SABC is in a dire, dire state."

"What on earth makes you actually think you can turn this corporation around?" asked Shinn. "Most of your staff don't actually do their work properly".

SABC people appointed without skills

Shinn wasn’t the only one in parliament who blasted the SABC on Tuesday.

Juli Kilian, COPE's member of parliament called the independent skills audit report on the SABC "a reality check", "harsh and disconcerting" and the findings "really worrying".

"It is basic business principles that is not being applied – people being appointed who simply don't have the skills," said Butch Steyn, the Democratic Alliance's member of parliament and also a member of the communications portfolio committee.

Motsoeng told parliament on Tuesday that "SABC has done well". He said, "SABC is doing well. People are saying get partners from outside the country – BBC and others. We said 'no, we have relevant skills set within SABC."

Prof Bongani Khumalo, SABC board member said in parliament that "it is not as bad; as dire, as it seems to be".

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