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Phumzile van Damme says ANC’s involvement in SABC job losses is malicious

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Van Damme said in a statement issued on Tuesday, 4 December 2018 that the ruling party was attempting to influence the national broadcaster for its own gains.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, DA spokesperson on communications, Phumzile van Damme, accused the ANC of wanting to gain control of the SABC.

“The ANC is using the excuse of ‘saving jobs’ by halting retrenchments, but it knows full well that the SABC is commercially insolvent and its staff is bloated,” van Damme said. “Its concern is not the staff of the SABC, it is its own electoral prospects.”

She said Luthuli house had asked Krish Naidoo to resign and Naidoo had not yet resigned. The DA said Jogn Mattison and Khanyisile Kweyama had resigned as board members.

“At this stage, it appears no official resignation letters [have] been sent to the SABC, Parliament or the President.” the shadow communications minister said.

Van Damme said the DA did not believe the resignations were linked to any wrongdoing.

“We trust that Mattison and Kweyama’s resignations do not have to do with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation into the awarding of a security tender by the interim board in which they served,” van Damme said.

She added that the ruling party was trying to ‘meddle’ in the affairs of the national broadcaster. “We are also aware that the ANC is allegedly trying to collapse the SABC board by rendering it inquorate and therefore unable to make any legally binding decisions,” van Damme said.

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