SABC blasted for 'endemic rot'

2012-09-18 19:19
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – In a scathing response on Tuesday, parliament blasted the SABC for the "endemic rot" in the public broadcaster.

The SABC board is back in parliament in Cape Town after last week's appearance, as the trade union Mwasa is publicly demonstrating at the SABC's Auckland Park headquarters.

The SABC and its board are being blasted in parliament for its failure to provide detailed reports and are being massively criticised for not doing enough to address the several crises and serious issues which keep plaguing the SABC.

"How will you stop the rot? The SABC must show it is serious about stopping the rot," parliament's portfolio committee on communications told the SABC board in parliament on Tuesday.

"We have to see serious urgency in these matters."

SABC is not turning around

Members of the portfolio committee reprimanded the SABC board for what it called yet another inadequate report on how the SABC is addressing the myriad problems besieging the broadcaster, including serious irregularities by previous SABC board members and senior managers.

"It's impossible to see what progress has really been made," said the committee. "The lack of detail [in the latest report] is a major hindrance."

"Whatever processes are in place are not working," members of the portfolio committee told the SABC.

"The rot is endemic in the SABC and there needs to be stronger action taken to show that you're serious.

"The SABC isn't turning around. You presented a turnaround plan but things are not turning around. You can't keep telling us the same story. In 2010 the SABC chairperson kept telling us the SABC is in a mess.

“You need to indicate to us there is progress. We want some movement, we want some progress."


  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-18 19:31

    Ridiculous that they can even be amazed! We all knew they would steal all the money again! They need another bailout just like SAA! So predictable!

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-18 19:41

    How to turn it around? Why allow downfall in the first place. Not appointing white experienced people and do knowledge transfer but rather appoint cadres to support their useless picture in public. So wrong so bad. Will not change..

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-18 21:44

      I dumped my TV on Arlington tip and will NEVER again have another SABC TV contract as long as this current "rot" continues ...... But then, the entire ANC government is part of this same ROT!

  • chris.roos.752 - 2012-09-18 19:53

    We all pay licence fees for nothing. I don't watch or listen to any SABC program yet I have to pay then a licence fee. If they had to earn fees like the other channels someone at SABC might actually get of their butt and do some work.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-18 20:02

    Just change the thing to the ANC Broadcasting Corporation already. It is a manifestation of anything which the ANC touches: it turns into “endemic rot”

      komorison - 2012-09-19 08:40

      ABC, lol.

  • tobydt - 2012-09-18 20:12

    Privatize SABC!

  • aiazmir - 2012-09-18 20:21

    Ha ha ha. The first problem that the SABC face is the lack of respect for their viewers who pay them. They just don't get it.

  • sintjohn.witbooi - 2012-09-18 20:39

    SABC "strongman" Hlaudi Motsoeneng is the man behind all SABC's operations - yet he can't even produce a matric certificate. And though he allegedly earns in the region of R2m a year, he is not even computer literate. In 2002, an investigation by Deloitte & Touche described Motsoeneng as "semi literate journalist" and recommended that he be removed as senior specialist producer. (Sunday World, 8 April 2012)

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-18 20:48

    if i was given an opportunity to revamp the public broadcaster, 1. fire the entire useless board which is fighting for tenders instead of doing the job. 2 triple charge these insurance companies who use 3/4 of sabc time to advertize their insurance rubbish to muscle-up the profit

  • frankflower - 2012-09-18 21:14

    Bring back Pre-94 television!

  • Johnson - 2012-09-18 21:19

    Just close it down - they are really just getting paid and placing a burden on tax. We have DSTV we dont need the SABC

      jonathan.rose.12327 - 2012-09-18 21:39

      how convenient for you,how bout us who can't afford dstv

      jacqui.grigg - 2012-09-19 07:39

      @ Jonathat....well in that case enjoy your free TV. Once SA goes digital the set top box will be a once off fee. However I can almost guarantee that once people are on boxes we will see the SABC encrypt their airwaves, just like DSTV and if you want to watch TV you will have to pay.

  • tony.sanderson.90 - 2012-09-18 21:46

    The sabc will never improve until such time talent and knowledge of tv and radio is running the organisation and not political appointments. Tony sanderson 40 years of broadcasting knowledge

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-18 22:12

    i am proud to say that i have NEVER EVER paid these clowns a cent. and i am not planning to either. i never watch sabc.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-19 08:04


  • hein.huyser - 2012-09-18 22:43

    Np=anc=SABC=endemic rot. The only way to clean this mess up is to rid society from this curse Np also thaught they would rule forever, now it's anc's time to retire to the history books

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-19 04:58

    Close it down or sell it off to a competitor of DSTV.

  • justin.massyn - 2012-09-19 07:56

    Now if that isn't the pot calling the kettle I don't know what is.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-09-19 10:39

    Three words sum up the national propaganda institute better known as SABC: ANC Cadre Deployment

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