The SABC is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbleedingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and desperate measures are needed to restore its
credibility, the public broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s group executive committee said, write Werner Swart and Khethiwe Mabena in The Times.
In a bold move on yet another day of high drama involving the SABC board and its chief executive officer, Dali Mpofu, the executive committee held a press conference on the steps of the main entrance to the broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
The committee demanded the immediate resignation of the SABC board.
The call came a few hours after the Johannesburg High Court dismissed with costs the boardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s application for leave to appeal against a court ruling that MpofuÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s suspension was unlawful.
Judge Moroa Tsoka said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am unpersuaded that there are grounds for leave to appeal as I have dealt with the matter in depth.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Mpofu was suspended on May 7, a few hours after he suspended the corporationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s news boss, Snuki Zikalala, for allegedly leaking a memorandum about the chief executiveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s alleged mismanagement to the Sunday Times.
Mpofu challenged his suspension and the court ruled in his favour last month.
Sipho Sithole, the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s head of group strategy and risk, read a statement by the committee in which it said it believed the suspension of Mpofu was attributable to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œulterior and improper motives which have nothing to do with the best interests of the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
SABC staff came out in support of the statement and circulated a petition against the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œunfair treatmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â of Mpofu.
While the media frenzy continued outside, Mpofu was back in his office preparing for todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s budget vote in parliament.
The statement by the committee read: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe sentiments expressed privately by certain non-executives throughout this crisis have clearly demonstrated that it has been orchestrated and driven mainly by two or three individual members of the board, who harbour certain personal animosity towards [Mpofu].ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Click here to read the full story, posted on the Times website.