The Interim South African Broadcast Corporation(SABC) Board will need to consult with stakeholders who will be affected by some of its key decisions, the South African National Civic Organisation(SANCO) advised on Tuesday.
“While consensus and buy-in will be critical for a turnaround strategy at the public broadcaster to be effective, reversing the legacy of reckless decisions that landed the corporation in the financial mess it is in, is going to require courageous and decisive leadership,” emphasised SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.
Mahlangu said that grandstanding around issues that the interim board is developing an approach around will not contribute to meaningful solutions but only serve as a diversion and distraction.
“We are under no illusion that hard choices will have to be made in the national interest to ensure that the public broadcaster overcomes challenges it is facing as well as continues to deliver on its mandate to inform, educate and entertain,” he said.
He emphasised that while partnership with advertisers and entertainment industry and other role-players is vital to deepen transformation, it is equally important that communities must not be left behind.
“Voices of self-interest must not drown those of radio listeners and television viewers who are paying their licenses nor the turnaround process be held to ransom by the erstwhile Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng who seem determined to undermine the interim board and dictate what must happens at the SABC from the periphery,” added Mahlangu.
“Where taxpayers were short-changed, decisions must be revisited,contracts terminated and monies recouped from those responsible,” he said.