Sunday, September 1, 2019

SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe and other top execs threaten to quit as they reveal shocking SABC board editorial interference and other ridiculous demands like free tickets as board members allegedly 'continue to add chaos and havoc' at the SABC.

The SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe has threatened to quit and is willing to resign and leave the beleaguered South African public broadcaster along with the organisation's other top executives who have revealed shocking SABC board interference in their work, editorial interference and ridiculous demands like wanting free tickets to events they end up being no-show's for.

The Sunday Times newspaper on Sunday reported SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe who said in a SABC board meeting that "SABC board members are continuing to add chaos and havoc" at the SABC, including wanting to give ministers SABC News coverage for "political mileage" and are involved in editorial interference.

Amidst the shocking and detailed allegations, SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe, the outgoing acting COO Dr Craig van Rooyen and CFO Yolande van Biljon have threatened that they're ready to walk over SABC board members' interference in their work and who are not allowed to do so.

One SABC board member allegedly suggested that South African minister be given coverage on SABC News in return for "political mileage" - something that amounts to direct and undue editorial interference.

In other allegations of editorial interference, a state-owned agency demanded that one of the SABC board members be interviewed on SABC News, a state-owned agency where the SABC board member happens to be the CEO.

Shamelessly, SABC board members have allegedly also demanded tickets at SABC board meetings for events ranging from sports and election gala dinners - events to which when they were given tickets ended up being no-shows.

SABC board members are allegedly also unprepared for board meetings and show up late.

The SABC's top executive have labelled SABC board members Mamodupi Mohlala-Malaudzi and Marcia Socikwa as "troublemakers".

Madoda Mxakwe, who described the situation as untenable, told the SABC board in a meeting on 31 July 2019 that it "needs to take a decision whether they want us here or not because these few board members are continuing to add chaos and havoc in this organisation".

"I cannot be expected to lead an organisation where there's constant undermining of what we are doing, particularly in the circumstances we find ourselves in at the SABC."

"It does concern me that these few board members are still continuing to undermine the work that collectively we are doing at the SABC," Madoda Mxakwe told the SABC board.

There's been no statement from the SABC yet.