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sabcTimesLIVE reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news employees at Auckland Park embarked on a go-slow on Tuesday, with some allegedly refusing to go on air as a heated meeting erupted over looming retrenchments.  

This followed an announcement by the public broadcaster that it would be retrenching 400 staff members, though there were about 170 vacancies that employees could apply for.  Staff at the SABC’s headquarters have been taking part in lunchtime pickets since Monday.  But things got tense on Tuesday at an emotionally charged meeting where news presenter and journalist Chriselda Lewis made a plea to group executive for news Phathiswa Magopeni to reconsider the broadcaster’s stance on retrenchments.  Magopeni told staff during the meeting that she would retract retrenchment letters that were issued to some of them earlier.  “I will go and negotiate this afterwards but I cannot continue with the retrenchment process,” she told staff.  Magopeni also said she understood the anger, anxiety and what staff were going though.  The ANC and its alliance partners said on Tuesday they were fully behind workers at the cash-strapped corporation.  After a meeting on Tuesday, the secretariat of the alliance – made up of the secretaries of the ANC, SA Communist Party and labour federation Cosatu – expressed solidarity with the workers and vehemently opposed what it called “weakening of the SABC and its public broadcasting mandate and its subordination to commercial interests”.  The secretariat called upon members of all alliance formations to actively support the Communications Workers Union and trade union unity at the SABC in the fight against retrenchments and in defence of public broadcasting.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Belinda Pheto at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, SABC in spiral as staff revolt, on page 1 of The Star of 18 November 2020
  • And also, ANC and alliance partners back protesting SABC staffers, on page 5 of Sowetan of 18 November 2020

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