The board has ordered an investigation. Whether he survives or falls, does not matter. The SABC is politically infected and chronically ill.
The appointment of Faith Muthambi spelt disaster from the outset. Her credo is: what Baba wants, is what Baba gets. She is unwilling to exercise her mind on anything. The fate of the SABC was therefore sealed.
The SABC makes intriguing and shocking news continuously. It is frequently the setting for a soapy where nasties proliferate and chaos reigns.
First, the SABC was in the clutches of the Nats with PW Botha presiding. Now it is in the coils of the latter day ANC with President Zuma directing by remote control.
President Zuma indicated that for him, his oath of office notwithstanding, the ANC comes first. Will he therefore keep Faith Muthambi in office and let the SABC be his plaything? Or will he have a change of heart and free the SABC, finally, to become a truly independent public broadcaster run by independent professionals capable of expertly and financially managing the corporation?
We wait to see how he will act.
Issued by Dennis Bloem, Cope spokesperson