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“The last straw for the DP was a lengthy insert in the 8pm bulletin on SABC3 on Sunday, September 19, 1999 reviewing the ANC's performance since June in the first 100 days of the new Government.” Zikalala responds by saying that the SABC “would never become the voice of government”.
Krisjan Lemmer, the satirical columnist at the Mail & Guardian alleges that Zikalala has set up a rival travel agency within SABC and is attacking the existing agency in the hopes of closing it down and diverting the SABC’s travel business to his own agency.
In other words, we propose a broadcast service committed to providing full and accurate information to all South Africans, and one which is protected from interference by any special interests – be they political, economic or cultural. We cannot afford to wait for the achievement of democracy to change the SABC.
As the major information source, the SABC in its current form misuses its position to skew public perceptions.
With regards to the print media, the ownership structures remain a problem.’The ANC believes that unquestioning loyalty by a public broadcaster to a ruling party is incompatible with democracy – whether or not the ruling party enjoys the support of the majority of the population.
When the ANC wins the electoral support of the majority of South Africans, it will not seek to replace the National Party as the subject of the SABC’s slavish loyalty.
Olefile Samuel Mnqibisa, a former MK soldier testifies before the TRC about the human rights abuses he and other suffered at the hand of Snuki Zikalala.
This SABC timeline has been compiled by friends of the SABC.
During the Codesa negotiations the ANC was all too aware of the enormous reach of the SABC and moved swiftly to take control.
The basis of this approach was openly articulated in the ANC’s stated objective of gaining controls of all in South African society and the means of achieving this was through cadre deployment – as the SABC boards in the Mbeki era and thereafter illustrate.
Here is how Gareth van Onselen, then Director of Communications with the Democratic Alliance but now a columnist for ‘ANC spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe, writing in the ANC publication Umrabulo in 1997, defined transformation as ‘extending the power of the ‘National Liberation Movement’ over all levers of power: the army, the police, the bureaucracy, intelligence structures, the judiciary, parastatal, and agencies such as regulatory bodies, the public broadcaster, the central bank and so on.‘The ANC offered a progress report on its goal of controlling the SABC in its 1999 document ‘Accelerating Change: Assessing the Balance of Forces in 1999’ It states: ‘The transformation of the SABC did take much longer than we thought and more needs to be done at middle management level.
And we want to establish both the principle and practice of that independence now.