- Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has said that the Members of Parliament should take responsibility for what happened at the SABC
- Ndabeni-Abrahams has long voiced that she was against the shedding of jobs
- The DA's Phumzile Van Damme was concerned about why the minister cares so much about the SABC and not the other media houses
The South African Broadcasting Corporation has been undergoing a period of restructuring, with the broadcaster preparing to shed 400 jobs. Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has told the Members of Parliament (MPs) that they should take all take the blame.
The SABC made a decision to retrench a large number of workers since the broadcaster had been facing financial difficulties. Employees were angered by this development, claiming that they were not informed about what was actually going on.
Ndabeni-Abrahams wanted the government to take responsibility for what had taken place:
"All of us here should take the blame because it happened under our watch,” she said.
The Communications Minister also spoke about how the SABC's problems were market-related:
“It is, however, the market conditions that have undergone unprecedented evolution which placed the SABC in the current precarious position,” she said.
Ndabeni-Abrahams has expressed before that she was against the retrenchment of people and wanted to find other solutions. The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Phumzile Van Damme criticised Ndabeni-Abrahams for not being as vocal when other media houses were facing the same issues.
"Where were you for Primedia staff? Were you there for the staff at KFM, Cape Talk and EWN? Where were you for MultiChoice staff? Where were you for Telkom staff?” said Van Damme.
In other political news, Briefly.co.za reported that Julius Malema wants Cyril Ramaphosa to reshuffle the Cabinet. Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema made a request to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Twitter recently. Malema requested that President Ramaphosa does a reshuffle of cabinet.
Malema added praying hands emoji's to his tweet as he tagged the president. His tweet read: We need the cabinet reshuffle, sir, @CyrilRamaphosa, I'm asking nicely. Please #CabinetReshuffle."
South Africans rushed to Malema's replies section to share their thoughts on his request to Ramaphosa. Many questioned what "right" Malema has to ask the President to do a reshuffle of the Cabinet.
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