Zuma salutes SABC journalists

THE current state of the SABC is cause for concern, President Jacob Zuma said in a statement released yesterday.

"We are deeply concerned about the public broadcaster," Zuma (pictured) said on Saturday night at a media awards ceremony in Durban.

Zuma said he was encouraged that Parliament was comprehensively addressing the problems at the SABC.

"We will play our role and will act quickly when called upon to do so, to take the process forward, once Parliament concludes its processes," Zuma said.

On Friday, the portfolio committee on communications took a unanimous decision to dissolve the SABC's board.

This came in the wake of the national broadcaster posting a financial loss of R839million for the 2008-09 financial year and reports of financial mismanagement.

Except for one member, the entire board of the SABC has stepped down.

The National Assembly would have to pass the committee's recommendations before handing them to Zuma for approval.

Parliament would then be able to select an interim board for the broadcaster.

Zuma said the "sizeable group" of journalists who continued to work with "diligence and integrity" at the SABC needed to be acknowledged. - Sapa