The SOS Coalition welcomes today’s open letter to the SABC Board by the General Secretary of Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi. In his letter, comrade Vavi enumerates the series of problems that have plagued the SABC since 2007 – many of which remain unsolved. The Coalition stands in full support of the analysis of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union’s (BEMAWU), as articulated by comrade Vavi, today, on what needs to change in the SABC if it is to truly become a people’s broadcaster.
Regrettably, instead of ensuring stability in a Ministry that has been beset by scandal and the turbulence caused by five Ministers in five years, President Zuma has not only chosen to release the hard-working former Minister, Yunus Carrim, from his service, but also redefined the role and mandate of the Communications Ministry.
There is nothing in the draconian National Key Points Act that would prevent SABC staff from informing the public of evidence of political interference and governance crises at the public broadcaster.
Next week, on 18 and 19 February 2014, Minister of Communicatons, Yunus Carrim, will be giving a further progress report on the commitments he made to Parliament and the people of South Africa. The SOS Coalition writes to him on specific issues.
The government is reviewing laws on freedom of expression, diversity in radio & TV, the cost of communication & internet access. Now is your opportunity to participate in the discussion about the future of communication in South Africa.