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SABC: People in this country vilify us

2014-02-10 15:09
Cape Town – SABC chairperson Zandile Tshabalala is blaming South Africa's print media, saying print media writes negatively about the SABC because the SABC is "competition number one" for print media and that "people in this country vilify the SABC".

She asked how patriotic South Africans are because bad things are being said about the personnel of the South African public broadcaster.

Tshabalala was interviewed by Mpho Tsedu, the presenter of Question Time, which is the daily talk show on the SABC's own 24-hour TV news channel, SABC News (DStv 404).

Tshabalala's interview follows after the SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo quit last week just over two years into her appointed five year contract, as well as a scathing skills audit report from PwC from July 2013 on the SABC, which was revealed in parliament last Tuesday.

Members of parliament's portfolio committee on communications called the report and its findings "shocking", “disconcerting”, "very worrying" and a "reality check" for the SABC.

‘It’s not all doom,’ says SABC

"The demeaning statements that SABC officials can't think is totally unacceptable," said Tshabalala. "But it’s print media. What can you do?"

"We are working together to give shape to most of the problems at SABC. But it’s not all doom. There is very good work that SABC has done," said Tshabalala.

"People in this country vilify the work of the SABC employees. There's a lot we have to question about this country about how patriotic are we? And whether or [not] we want SABC to strike."

She said "SABC now is protected [sic] as competition number one for print media. And I don't know why because those things could be complimentary".

Watch part of the interview here:

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