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SABC "power grab" right on cue, as ANC faces looming succession battle - expert

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has caused massive setbacks for the SABC's board and the editorial independence of the broadcaster, says media expert, Professor Jane Duncan.

This comes after the SABC appointed James Aguma as the new acting CEO, taking over from Jimi Matthews, who resigned on Monday citing a corrosive atmosphere.

Duncan says that when there is a looming succession battle within the ANC, a "power grab" takes place at the public broadcaster.

We have a ruling party that is feeling increasingly under threat, given that its political mandate is eroding at the polls.

Jane Duncan, Professor at UJ's of Journalism, Film and TV dept

She says that it is possible for the SABC to be substantially independent, irrespective of the ruling party in power.

According to Duncan, the public broadcaster needs an independent board that is selected through a public participation process.

We've had many structural setbacks to the independence of the SABC that need to be attended to.

Jane Duncan, Professor at UJ's of Journalism, Film and TV dept

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