South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC, seemingly never far from controversy and accusations of financial mismanagement, is in troubled waters again.
This time it is an internal memo that has been leaked accusing CEO Madoda Mxakwe and CFO Yolande van Biljon of “improper conduct”. The memo was written by two SABC non-executive directors, Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi and Marcia Socikwa.
A statement from SABC said: “It is the view of the board that the leaking of the memorandum before its discussion is intended to bring the SABC, the board, and the two executive directors into disrepute. Until the allegations contained in the memorandum are tested and found to be factually correct, they should be treated as allegations.”
The CEO added: “The allegations contained in the memorandum are wholly unfounded, baseless and defamatory to me and the CFO in particular, and we are consulting our legal advisors in this regard. The issues dealt with in the memorandum are operational matters within the domain of the executives and are being attended to in various legitimate and legal forums created to deal with such cases. All the names mentioned are of employees that are either going through disciplinary processes or have been dismissed, having followed due processes.”