SABC going after whistleblowers

2013-01-17 14:32
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The SABC is going after whistleblowers leaking information about the public broadcaster and says "we will come after them".

The SABC's current enfant terrible, the acting chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, wants to find and root out the SABC staff members responsible for leaking information about the beleaguered South African public broadcaster to the press.

Motsoeneng has launched "operation clean up" to sniff out SABC staffers who are talking to the media and revealing insider information about the struggling broadcaster which has been battered with an unending stream of negative press.

Many damaging stories covered in 2012 have been about Motsoeneng himself, or he has inserted himself into, or found himself strategically at the centre of various quagmires afflicting the SABC during the past year.

'Not allowed to talk to the media'

Motsoeneng, who infamously doesn't have matric, is acting in the second highest executive position at the broadcaster and has been garnering more press attention the past year than the current CEO Lulama Mokhobo.

According to insiders Motsoeneng, has tasked the SABC's acting news boss Jimi Matthews as well as internal auditors at the SABC to find out which staff members are spilling information regarding the SABC to the media and who exactly the whistleblowers are.

The SABC's spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told Channel24 that the SABC can't and will not comment about specific meetings but can talk about general policy at the broadcaster.

"As part of media policy people are not allowed to talk to the media directly who are not authorised to do so. If anyone who works at the SABC leaks information, it is an offence," said Kganyago.

"Even the contract of employment of staff specifies this. If anyone leaks internal information, we will come after them. We have to safeguard the information of the corporation.

"We condemn the fact that people think they can spy and leak information. These are internal e-mails which are leaked. If we find who has done this, and it doesn't matter the issue, we will deal with that person," he said.


  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-17 15:07

    Operation clean up should instead be focusing on mismanagement and financial irregularities within the SABC and rooting out the culprits, starting at the top.

  • Desperate.Dan61 - 2013-01-17 15:08

    Must be great to earn 5 or 6 Million Rand a year without Matric. The Golden Gravy train rolls on and on with no sign of stopping. I think we should pay 1980's licence fees until they take some of the 1980's Cr@p off like, Chips, MacGyver, Dallas and some positively Purile junk like "Hi I'm Doctor Jake and I'll act in anything for money no matter how pathetic it is."

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-17 15:21

    Then you wouldn't need to look for whistleblowers as they would have nothing to report. Typical ANC, treating the symptoms rather than curing the disease.

  • Klaus - 2013-01-17 19:36

    Surprise, is there someone out there who is watching, listening to SABC ? Must be cANCer cadres waiting for their secret password broadcast via those stations (remember BBC - 2nd world war)

  • rob.prestwich - 2013-01-17 21:32

    Use lie detectors to root out these swines!! If not- what about a washboarding session?? That would make them confess!! We must control the information going out there. Then we can lie, and tell the poor and starving how wonderful things are.

  • stanley.lefleur - 2013-01-18 00:08

    I have to see ex-prez. Mandela... got a message for him... his body is frail...not his spirit! ... The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy... Rev 19:5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great. Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

      stanley.lefleur - 2013-01-18 00:10

      Anyone with the correct credentials, authority and clearance to put me in contact with the ex-prez, please assist.

  • PureProteas - 2013-01-18 08:19

    'going after the whistleblowers' so they are actually admitting what a bunch of filth dirty corrupt criminals they are

  • eduard.l.goldschagg - 2013-01-25 15:07

    Whistleblowers - THREE CHEERS for them! Erect statues for them and bury them in Hero's acre one day! More often than not it is the Only way to expose these crooks and frausdters.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2013-01-28 11:01

    Can we please shut this service down permanently. It is a total waste of tax payers money and it is an international embarrassment! If there was no other TV in South Africa, I would read a book!

  • Felican - 2013-02-08 11:14

    KABOOmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! The moths all flying out the cupboards. To think back then, each Department was making its own profits – and even some sections being blessed with 13 and even 14 cheque bonuses... Now this is totally unheard of I guess. I who was so so so proud to have the SABC ask me to PLEASE join them on a permanent basis so long ago...(ha ha ha - and so so so shortlived) Ag no! But it is not even Oh Shucks it's Schuster.... Not having a Matric to me is not the issue.. ANYONE can have a piece of paper that states they have a Matric (or any other degree for that matter) - one's intelligence and working experience is what should be taken into consideration. And if you put even a Sloth with a Matric into a position of power?? Pray tell me just what one gets??? A very highly paid Matriculated Sloth crawling along fast asleep on the limb.

  • percy.oliver1 - 2013-02-09 09:16

    sABC has obviously something to hide,I thought we had a broadcaster who was transparent obviously they are like the old verkrampter organization and do not believe in been open minded and do not understand what freedom of speech and press means in a democratic country ,may be they should all go back to varsity to study what democracy and a countries constitution is all about or should even give mr Obama a ring to enlighten them. From Disappointed cant even broadcast Prodject Spear!,

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