SABC negative publicity 'painful'

2013-04-02 12:24
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town - The CEO of the SABC, Lulama Mokhobo, has admitted that the ongoing barrage of negative publicity about the beleaguered South African public broadcaster is painful for the corporation, which is constantly lurching from the one scandalous crisis to the next.

During an interview on SABC3's new hour-long news bulletin on Monday evening, Mokhobo spoke about the public broadcaster's ongoing battles, public shame and addressed the SABC's image problem.

"For us, yes, the negative publicity has been very painful," Mokhobo admitted during the discussion.

'Pure falsification of facts'

The SABC now has an interim board, after a meltdown of corporate governance rocked the broadcaster when the SABC board resigned in March, following a public spat over acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng was removed as COO, but is now back in that position following the resignations of the SABC board chairperson, deputy chairperson and the dissolving of the rest of the SABC board.

"In many instances there's been innuendo and pure falsification of facts in certain instances," Makhobo admonished during the interview.

"But we are taking it in our stride, and what I appeal to everybody who bothers to listen to me, is that don't judge us by what you read. Judge us by what you actually see on the channels.

'Switch on and watch us'

"From a straightforward news perspective from across the three channels, we actually broadcast seven-and-a-half hours per day. And when you look at our current affairs content, we broadcast three hours a day. Now that is a hell of a lot of content that we put out that people may not be aware of.

"I would like to challenge them to switch on and watch us and see what we're actually doing," she added.

Mokhobo also took the time to address viewers' complaints about the massive number of repeat of programming on the SABC's three TV channels and the large number of rebroadcasts of old shows and dated library titles from the SABC archives, by saying that the broadcaster has "great new content" it will be introducing to its viewers.

She went on to slam these complaints, saying: "There are people who I doubt actually watch the SABC, who complain all the time that we are repeating. We are not. We actually have a great deal of new content."

Further details about this new content are yet to be revealed by the public broadcaster.


  • Mark Barker - 2013-04-02 12:40

    Still not going to pay my TV license

  • Refiloe Thelma Shikwambana - 2013-04-02 12:41

    She needs to wtch Sabc.

  • vaughan.lund - 2013-04-02 12:42

    Please just privatise or shutdown this embarrassment already!!

  • Franziska Sukow - 2013-04-02 12:47

    Watching the blatant bias (aww shucks, let's drop the pretense and call a spade a spade: virulent government propaganda) of the South African Brainwashing Corporation is also painful. I haven't had a TV in years, let alone paying them to spoonfeed me (licensing fee).

  • Walter Corbett - 2013-04-02 12:53

    Yet another Epic Fail Government Enterprise. All just a bunch of tax-wasting mechanisms.

  • Blane Blandon - 2013-04-02 12:55

    I cannot read a thing here , can somebody choose better colours for the print

  • Desire UncleDee Sundire - 2013-04-02 13:11

    Instead of mourning abt the bad publicity, the CEO must find ways of improving the programming. Good service by itself sells. They must learn from etv

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-04-02 13:13

    When board members are constantly resigning one knows that the fish rots from the head first. Have a clean sweep and employ people who are not allied to the ANC. Also do away with the new one hour news slot, it is tiresome. Kathy

  • Stephen AndKathy Whiteley - 2013-04-02 13:24

    My previous comment was deleted. What has happened to the quiz programmes on SABC? There are no intelligent quizzes or games - sponsors not wanting to get involved in a board that constantly changes maybe. Just wondering. Kathy

  • Lois Lloyd - 2013-04-02 13:38

    Not more painful than the poor sods who have no choice but to watch SABC - all their channels are absolute garbage all the time!

  • Alwyn van Tonder - 2013-04-02 14:01

    The programs are absolutely RUBBISH!

  • Peter Van Achter - 2013-04-02 14:03

    I will never watch SABC, i dont care wether they exist or not.

  • Jean Smit - 2013-04-02 14:04

    The last time i watched anything on SABC was in 2010 when the Soccer world cup was on. Its usually the same boring movies they aired in 1993, and a bunch of soaps i don't care for.

  • Sharon Ackerman - 2013-04-02 14:04

    The best time on SABC is when my TV is off

  • Chris Sebastians - 2013-04-02 14:28

    The complaints goes further than just rebroadcasts of antic stock. The SABC is, in my opinion at least, nothing more than a propaganda machine for the ruling party. SABC or rather SANC news content only feature negatively about the government when it is already public knowledge.

  • Jan Botha - 2013-04-02 14:54

    Its not the negative publicty that has damaged the image of the SABC, its those corrupt buffoons who run the show.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-02 15:00

    SABC channels, ha, trash. I gave my TV to a charity. Download all series and enjoy non stop viewing. I refuse to pay for rubbish.

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-04-02 15:02

    Good! Wish it could be more painful! Suffer for your political deployment! You are a failure what did you expect?

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-02 15:05

    Another pathetic attempt by a bunch of unscrupulous gold-diggers to pass the buck. Privatize the SABC along with all other wasteful parastatals. Enough wastage already.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-02 15:09

    That's what you get when you put your crony comrade with absolutely no knowledge/training/background/morals/ethics into a position of influence. Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. All of them. Corrupt.

  • TC - 2013-04-02 15:16

    As someone who used to watch SABC news at least once per day, I now watch nothing. I am insulted by their partial reporting, selective reporting, non reporting and plain damn propoganda for the ANC. I have not watched even a few seconds of SABC in years.

  • Siza Silvester - 2013-04-02 15:18

    I will never defend the SABC, but there are good people working there, why don't they come out and explain to us What is going on. I think of programmes like Special Assignment, Cutting Edge, Ilungelo Lakho/You Rights, Speak Out etc

  • Heidi du Plessis - 2013-04-02 16:23

    When talking about repeats - quite a few immediately come to mind : 1) Een skoenlapper 2)Kooperasie stories 3) MacGyver These are Donkey years old and really scraping the bottom of the barrel - are we really expected to pay TV License money for the drivel ??

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-04-02 18:27

    The news is now an hour long ANC propaganda show. The rest consists of repeats and more repeats of ancient programmes.

  • Wonga Zatavikialovendaya Tola - 2013-04-02 18:40

    In addition to the bad state of our economy there's also SABC. Oh Schuks!

  • Alfred Maluka - 2013-04-03 11:29

    Alfred Mdlalisa Maluka HAHAHA,She must be watching DSTV since she can afford,not her own SABC as there is nothing new on this channels with the exception of the soapies

  • Cassandra - 2013-04-03 13:06

    Sorry...image? I don't understand.

  • Kwajo.m - 2013-04-03 21:03

    I knew you would say that.

  • Edwin van Wyk - 2013-04-23 18:51

    I think all of us must stand together and refuse to pay TV licenses untill they can proof to us that they can show us what we are paying for! In other words something like a boikot. Repeats, repeats, repeats!

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