The SABC nettle will have to be grasped, eventually

22 November 2020 - 00:00 By Sunday Times Editorial

It's back to square one for the SABC, whose grand plan to cut 400 jobs came unstuck in an astonishing show of political muscle-flexing this week. Few were prepared to back the SABC board's retrenchment plan, although the decision to put the process on hold for seven days is just a stopgap. Perhaps it is a reflection of the SABC's power that politicians are reluctant to be seen to be backing necessary cost-cutting measures.

Disgruntled SABC staffers received support from political big-hitters, among them ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. In parliament the communications ministry and a majority of MPs grilled the SABC's board and management. Complaints ranged from lack of process in terms of labour law to claims of not looking at the fat-cat culture present at the SABC, especially among its top brass...

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