SABC inquiry finds widespread abuses of power at the broadcaster

SABC inquiry finds widespread abuses of power at the broadcaster

- The commission of inquiry into the SABC has submitted its final report

- It details extensive abuse of power at the broadcaster

- According to the report, employees were terrorised with threats of dismissal

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The SABC is "an organisation crippled by pain, anger and fear".

This is the conclusion of a commission of inquiry set up to investigate the public broadcaster.

The inquiry, which began its work in May, handed over its final report on Monday.

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The commission found extensive maladministration and wrongdoing at the SABC, has gathered. This includes the "capricious use of authority and power to terrorise staff", according to the report.

The commission found that, between 2012 and 2017, chain of command was routinely ignored at the SABC, with executives following orders from individuals with "with no authority in the newsroom".

Additionally, the commission recommended that all of former SABC head Hlaudi Motsoeneng's instructions to human resources should be reviewed. This includes his orders for staff to be fired and for disciplinary action to be taken against them.

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Allegedly, superiors bullied subordinates into compliance with threats of being fired. Many of these threats reportedly came from Motsoeneng and his loyalists.

While the report says that no evidence could be found of direct influence into SABC affairs by the ANC, the commission's chairperson Dr Joe Thloloe said that the "spectre" of the ruling party loomed over the broadcaster, according to Eyewitness News.

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