Snuki Zikalala, the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s controversial news chief, has finally been given the push, writes Nkululeko Ncana in The Times.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe contract of the head of news and current affairs, Dr Snuki Zikalala, will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the month,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the public broadcaster said in a statement yesterday.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis decision follows a special board meeting held in Johannesburg on Saturday.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Board chair Kanyi Mkonza said Zikalala had ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsurfed through difficult waterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and that the board wanted someone with ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfresh ideasÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
The broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s general manager for international affairs, Phil Molefe, will take over from Zikalala in an acting capacity from May 1 while a replacement is sought.
Zikalala has long been viewed by many in the ANC and in opposition parties as a loyalist of ousted former president Thabo Mbeki.
Zikalala has also been widely blamed for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“biasÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in the public broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s coverage, and was embroiled about two years ago in a blacklisting furore involving the snubbing of certain political commentators.
The ANC Youth League yesterday hailed ZikalalaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s departure as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œgood riddanceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, and wished him the best ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“on whatever career path he pursues, hoping it will not be in the mediaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
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