SABC political bias - heads should roll - media statement by UDM National Spokesperson (22 June 2006)
The SABC Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Dali Mpofu and Head of News, Mr. Snuki Zikalala, owe the South African public an explanation. The blacklisting scandal is just the latest in a string of public demonstrations of political bias at the SABC, such as last year's booing of Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka or the recent last-minute cancellation of the Mbeki documentary.

We cannot tolerate a situation where the SABC behaves like it did under the old regime, where people were denied their freedom of expression and speech. The SABC's behaviour points to a clear conspiracy, which undermines and disrespects our country's supreme law.

We condemn the so-called "policy" regarding independent commentators in the strongest terms, and appeal for the immediate intervention of the Minister of Communications, Ms. Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi. The Minister should appoint a Commission of Inquiry to investigate what prompted this "policy" decision of the SABC. Those found to have acted inappropriately and irresponsibly should be shown the door immediately. The time is now opportune to call upon the immediate disbandment of the SABC Board, to be substituted with a more democratic, inclusive, transparent, open and genuinely representative body.

The UDM believes the matter should be debated in Parliament. Each political Party represented in Parliament should delegate one person to serve in a new Board. Such a new Board would serve and represent the aspirations, interests and wishes of the masses of our people.

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