SABC bosses are a law unto themselves - William Bird

The last remaining SABC board member Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe has agreed to abide by the Western Cape High Court ruling as well as to the parliamentary inquiry into the board's fitness.

Charlotte Kilbane (standing in for Stephen Grootes) speaks to Media Monitoring Africa's executive director, WIlliam Bird about the latest at the public broadcaster.

Bird says it is clear that the SABC is lurching from one crisis to the next.

Those who are in power at the SABC are out of touch with reality and a law unto themselves.

William Bird, Executive Director Media Monitoring Africa

Bird says it is 'ridiculous' that all this is playing out in court when the documents requested by the parliamentary portfolio committee should simply have been handed over when requested.

And what the court and the judge did remind the SABC of, is they are not some kind of private institution that can do whatever they hell they feel like. They are in fact a public broadcaster, a public entity owned by the people of South Africa.

William Bird, Executive Director Media Monitoring Africa

Bird says the SABC's arrogance in refusing to comply with the portfolio committee shows a clear and patent disregard for the rule of law and the institution of Parliament.

It's like spitting on the Constitution. It is arrogance of the highest order.

William Bird, Executive Director Media Monitoring Africa

Listen to media Monitoring Africa's explain why the refusal of SABC bosses to comply with Parly portfolio committee is a serious breach of the Constitution:


This article first appeared on 702 : SABC bosses are a law unto themselves - William Bird


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