Minister would rather resign than hand the SABC a blank cheque

Minister would rather resign than hand the SABC a blank cheque

- Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has said that she would rather lose her job than provide the SABC with a loan if she did not know how it would be spent

- This comes as the SABC faces major debts

- Government has been struggling to put together a turn-around plan for the broadcaster

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Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has said that she would rather quit her job than provide the SABC with a loan before it puts together an adequate strategy to turn itself around.

Ndabeni-Abrahams made the remark during a meeting with MPs this week.

This comes as the SABC is in dire financial straits, with debts to suppliers of of roughly R1.9 billion.

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Ndabeni-Abrahams was discussing the issue of SABC during a meeting of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications and several public entities. According to Times Live, the minister got into a tense exchange with DA MP Phumzile Van Damme.

Van Damme had grilled Ndabeni-Abrahams for her department's alleged slowness in dealing with the SABC. It has taken the Communications Department and Treasury six months to make a decision whether or not to provide the SABC with a loan, Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

Ndabeni-Abrahams reportedly said that she would rather lose her position as Communications Minister than give the broadcaster loan if she did not know how the funds would be used.

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Additionally, Ndabeni-Abrahams said that she would be tabling a bill in the coming months aimed at making changes at the SABC, which would cut costs. This will be the revised version of the Broadcasting Amendment Bill.

This bill was previously nixed by Parliament because it would no longer allow the legislature to play a role in appointing the SABC board.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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