Millions intended to be spent on the health needs of Eastern Cape residents have gone missing from d.
The fight for the soul of the SABC entered bizarre terrain last week and sadly the public appears to be the loser.
Surprised ANC MPs last week found they had lost their nominal role in approving the SABC's new board. Luthuli House edged parliament aside when it instructed the party faithful to endorse its own list of candidates.
That move finally signals the death knell of a nominal public broadcaster and sets it firmly on a path that will echo government sentiments and mirror its ideology.
After a brief flowering post-1994, our tax-funded broadcaster is devolving into what its was under the Nats: a propaganda medium for the ruling party, stuffed solid with vacuous ideologues.
Once we would foist loyal political sidekicks on distant countries as ambassadors; now the craven land up in the SABC's corridors of power.
The impartial and experienced hacks in their employ already struggle to do their jobs under a regime that fails to distinguish fact from fantasy, censorship from open and fair reporting, and professionals from apparatchiks. God help up us when Luthuli House's decreed successors saunter into Mahogany Row at Auckland Park.
We implore President Mbeki and the ANC to rethink the move that is only calculated to control the public's mind in a manner reminiscent of the propaganda machine of Nazi Germany.
The scary question is: Why?