With regards to the print media, the ownership structures remain a problem.’The ANC believes that unquestioning loyalty by a public broadcaster to a ruling party is incompatible with democracy – whether or not the ruling party enjoys the support of the majority of the population.When the ANC wins the electoral support of the majority of South Africans, it will not seek to replace the National Party as the subject of the SABC’s slavish loyalty.In his book, The SABC announces that its new group chief executive, Rev Hawu Mbatha, would take over from Zwelakhe Sisulu at the end of the month.Mbatha, a former presenter of religious programmes on Radio Zulu and former SABC's regional manager in Kwa-Zulu Natal, was then chief executive of the SABC's radio division. Later, at a “victory braai” Zikalala and Phil Molefe allegedly told those present that it was “symbolically important” to purge the SABC of whites like Du Preez.Now it emerges the former labour correspondent ‘Treat us with respect’, declared the headline in the November 1998 issue of SABC Intercom.In a froth about Indo Jet's allegedly hostile treatment of black managers at the SABC, Zikalala (Ph D, Bulgaria) concluded: "We are in the business of news and not accommodation and travelling.
Olefile Samuel Mnqibisa, a former MK soldier testifies before the TRC about the human rights abuses he and other suffered at the hand of Snuki Zikalala.
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During the Codesa negotiations the ANC was all too aware of the enormous reach of the SABC and moved swiftly to take control.
The result is that during this crucial transition period we have a public subjected to misinformation and disinformation because of narrow party political manipulation.
If the SABC is to play a constructive role ahead of our country’s first experience with democracy, informing the electorate rather than attempting to persuade them to vote for a particular political party, it is necessary to replace those who currently control the SABC with others who are committed to democracy and to an electorate empowered by accurate and impartial information.