Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The SABC's credibility is definitely at stake. With their recent withdrawal from Sanef, I am not sure whether the SABC has an agenda to protect the government and its officials.
If that is true, then the SABC has become the mouthpiece of the current government, just like in apartheid times. They should not tell us what they think we must hear and know. Our people deserve to be informed without fear or favour.
How can SABC boss Dali Mpofu say "the nonsensical view that the media is absolutely 'free' to trample the privacy and dignity of any citizen offends the SABC's own values?"
How can a man of his calibre forget that the privacy of public figures is limited?
The SABC's withdrawal from Sanef came out of the blue amid allegations of invasion of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's privacy.
It was in the public interest to know that the minister had misbehaved while in hospital, and also while she was in exile in Botswana.
I am convinced that the SABC is in the wrong hands.
Now the government thinks it can influence the SABC's editorial policy.
If such a situation prevails, what is the difference between our SABC and Zimbabwean media? In a true democratic dispensation the media should be free from any government influences. SABC is not.