SABC slams report of wanting to spy on employees 'to manage leaks'

SABC slams report of wanting to spy on employees 'to manage leaks'

- The SABC is concerned over a report that used confidential information to accuse it of deciding to spy on staff members

- The broadcasting corporation has denied that such a decision was made

- According to an earlier report, the SABC had allegedly undertaken to spy on employees to prevent 'leaks'

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has slammed a report by Sunday Times that claims the broadcaster wanted to spy on its employees.

According to the report, the SABC allegedly decided to make use of the services of the State Security Agency (SSA) to keep an eye on possible leaks.

This decision was reported to have been made during a meeting in October, gathered.

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The alleged information was learnt from minutes that were taken at the meeting and SABC board chairperson, Bongumusa Makhathini, would subsequently approach the SSA for help in identifying loopholes and manages leaks.

SABC acting spokesperson, Mmoni Seapolelo, is quoted as saying:

"It is totally false that the SABC Board took a decision 'to spy on its staff members'. No such decision has been taken.
"The SABC is further concerned that the newspaper used confidential board minutes to sensationalise and deliberately distort information, thereby causing panic and a trust deficit between the SABC Board and employees.
"Further, it is completely unfair and misleading for the Sunday Times to attribute a board discussion to only one board member, Ms Mary Papayya, and have no regard to the final resolutions taken by the full board."

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