As the drama at the public broadcaster continues, ANC president Jacob Zuma has broken his silence saying
that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œthe man who is still in chargeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â President Thabo Mbeki ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â should
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œtake responsibilityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â for the crisis at Auckland Park, writes Karima Brown in Business Day.
In an interview with Business Day, Zuma said while the ANC had noted the continuing problems at the broadcaster, the party was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œnot the stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and that it could not remove the SABC board or interfere with processes.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am not the president of the country and itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s important for the ANC not to operate as if there is no government,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Zuma said.
Responding to questions about whether he supported calls by the South African Communist Party (SACP) for Mbeki to step down before his term ends next year, Zuma said that the ANC did not agree with the SACP position on removing Mbeki. But he said any ANC member was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfree to express themselvesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â on the issue because the ANC was a democratic organisation.
The SACP cited the continuing crisis at the SABC as one of the areas in which Mbeki had failed to provide leadership.
Mbeki had appointed the board that has been accused of being responsible for the crisis at the SABC.
Zuma said civil society also needed to take responsibility to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œspeak outÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â against what was happening at Auckland Park.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œYou guys should be raising your concerns too and saying that it is unacceptable for the public broadcaster to descend to this ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“circusÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, as you put it.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Zuma, however, expressed confidence in the parliamentary process under way, which is aimed at finding a way to end the deadlock. ParliamentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s communications portfolio committee has proposed an amendment to the Broadcasting Act to ensure tougher oversight of the SABC board.
Click here to read the full report, posted on Business Day's website.