'Hlaudi's days are numbered' says media analyst

Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer in Media Studies at Wits, talks to Mike Wills (standing in for John Maytham) about the latest in the SABC and ANC debacle.

Daniels says ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu's statement critisising the SABC's conduct, came as a pleasant surprise yesterday

But i do wonder where it was coming from, because whilst the ANC policy on media has been to support democracy, a free media, the Constitution...it also has, on the other hand, wanted a more loyal, patriotic media. So in fact, Hlaudi was getting directives from the ANC.

Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer in Media Studies at Wits

So this latest change of heart could be one of two things, says Daniels. One is the upcoming election, and the ANC realising how outraged the public is about the SABC's actions.

The other option, is that the ANC do find SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, a huge embarrassment, she says.

All the ANC MPs in parliament passed the Secrecy Bill...which is anti constitutional, because it flies in the face of the Promotions of Information Act of 2000 which is in the Constitution..

Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer in Media Studies at Wits

This turnaround and support for media freedom by Mthembu is hard to fathom.

It could also be the fact that there are factions in the ANC...so one faction believes in a free media.

Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer in Media Studies at Wits

Whatever the reasons, Daniels says it is a good sign.

And what of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi?

This minister's been hopeless. She doesn't understand communications. She doesn't understand the role of the media in a democracy, and I believe she has been summoned today to Luthuli House, so we wait to hear the outcome of that meeting .

Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer in Media Studies at Wits

But what's clearly happened since yesterday till today, is Hlaudi's days are numbered.

Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer in Media Studies at Wits

Listen to the entire conversation below:


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