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sabcThe Star reports that Hannes Du Buisson, president of the Broadcasting Electronic Media and Allied Workers’ Union (Bemawu), has accused the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) of endangering the lives of its employees by “concealing” the infection of a worker at its Auckland Park headquarters.  

The union sent a stinging letter to SABC chief executive Madoda Mxakwe on Sunday, accusing the head of news Phathiswa Magopeni and Manny Alho, the HR manager for the news department, of knowing as far back as 19 March that an employee in the news research department had been in contact with someone with coronavirus.  The researcher has since tested positive for coronavirus, according to an internal SABC communique issued on Saturday.  The employee was said to be off sick and in hospital.  “It has also come to light that the affected employee has a close relative at digital news. As a precautionary measure, the relative is in self-isolation while observing prescribed protocols,” the communique indicated.  This is the second case of an infected SABC employee, with the first being at the broadcaster’s Kimberley office in the Northern Cape.  In its letter the union alleged that the broadcaster concealed the infection from staff, and “forced” employees to report for work, despite knowing of apparent dangers at the headquarters.  “If anyone else gets infected, then we will absolutely file legal action against the SABC … There is no regard for people’s lives at the SABC,” Du Buisson said.  But the SABC board slammed Bemawu on Sunday as “alarmist and peddling false information”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khaya Koko on page 1 of The Star of 30 March 2020


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