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ANC rejects frivolous attack on the SABC

05 October 2018

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) call for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), to publish information pertaining to salaries of its senior executives before its 2018/2019 financial statements are audited, is another frivolous attempt to undermine the work of the current board in restoring stability at the public broadcaster.

In case Ms Phumzile Van Damme is not aware, the SABC is guided by Section 30(4)(a) of the Companies Act, which "requires that the annual financial statements of each company that is required in terms of (this) Act, have its annual financial statements audited." This Section also states that this "must include particulars showing the remuneration and benefits received by each Director, or individual holding any prescribed office in the company."

The SABC has always complied with this requirement and this is even reflected in its 2017/2018 Annual Report, which will be tabled in Parliament next Thursday, 11 October 2018.

Ms Van Damme, who serves on the PC on Communications, has maliciously launched a media tirade against the SABC, demanding that the public broadcaster release financial information, for a financial year currently underway, without audited financial statements.

What is even more bizarre, is the fact that she has written to the Minister of Communications requesting this information, knowing very well it will be contained in the 2018/2019 Annual Report. The SABC has also publicly stated that the figures the DA is requesting will be contained in the 2018/19 Annual Report, in line with the requirements of the Companies Act.

This unwarranted attack by Ms. Van Damme is nothing but an attention seeking ploy, especially because the SABC has publicly stated that they have significantly reduced the salaries of senior executives as part of their cost-cutting measures.

The media frenzy the DA is attempting to create around this issue is intended to derail the good work of the SABC board in turning around this public entity. The turn-around of the SABC is reliant on all stakeholders working together in the interest of our public broadcaster. Thus, cheap politicking will not benefit the public broadcaster in any way. Instead, it derails the SABC's performance at the expense of communities dependent on the public broadcaster as a primary source of information.

Issued by the Whip of the ANC Study Group on Communications, comrade Mziwamadoda Kalako.


Nonceba Mhlauli

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