2018

2018

9 January 2018: Advocate Paul Hoffman SC, director of Accountability Now, calls for the SABC to be placed under administration and in a letter to the SABC board says that class action is being contemplated.

30 January 2018: Chris Maroleng is appointed the COO of the SABC.

12 February 2018: Phathiswa Magopeni is appointed as the head of news and current affairs at the SABC.

13 February 2018: Phumzille van Damme of the Democratic Alliance confirms that the SIU has issued summons against Hlaudi Motsoeneng for R21 million

5 March 2018: Business Day reveals how the corrupt negotiations between Multichoice and the Guptas unfolded to the detriment of the SABC

8 March 2018: Times Live reveals that Bongani Bingwa is leaving Carte Blanche to host the main evening SABC TV News bulletins with Francis Herd.

15 March 2018: News 24 reveals that the SABC paid R22 million to defend former chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Phumzile Van Damme, DA Shadow Minister of Communications adds further details.

16 March 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals that 116 staff members have signed a petition alleging corruption, news bias and sexual harassment.

18 March 2018: Times Live reveals that the bankrupt SABC splurged R700 000 on a luxury Audi Q5 procured for former SABC board chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe  which is now gathering dust in an Auckland Park parking lot, unused since his exit from the broadcaster.

DA MP and party spokeswoman on communications Phumzile van Damme said as a nonexecutive director of the SABC, Maguvhe had simply not been entitled to the benefit, because he was not an executive chairman.

She claimed the vehicle was a "sweetener" to keep Maguvhe from getting in the way of two SABC head honchos at the time, chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng and chief finance officer James Aguma.

31 March 2018: The Mail & Guardian reveals that Popular SAfm radio host Sakina Kamwendo had her morning show cut abruptly by management, halfway through the allotted hour on Friday. The producers of the show were instructed to take Kamwendo off air and fill in the time with any available music.

18 April 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals that the University of Limpopo and a court refused to give SABC board member Kgalema Mohuba his doctorate degree, following allegations that he allegedly hired two Zimbabweans to write his doctorate thesis.

18 April 2018: Radio 702 and Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser interviews the COO of the SABC, Chris Maroleng

20 April 2018: SABC chief operating officer Chris Maroleng tells parliament that the recent changes at SAFM are meant to stem losses in excess of R30m at the talk-radio station. There is no sign of the R 3bn bailout the SABC requested almost a year ago.

25 April 2018: TimesLive reveals that the SABC spent more than R680‚000 on the travel costs of board members and officials to testify before a parliamentary ad hoc committee‚ only for some to refuse to testify once they got there. This is according to a reply to a Democratic Alliance parliamentary question.

5 May 2018: City Press reveals that a dispute has broken out between the SABC and trade union MWASA over a dodgy liscence fee collection tender.

15 May 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals an embarrassing technical fault when SABC News (DStv 404) turned everyone appearing on screen into "Jared Kushner" on the bottom thir banner when reporting on the violence and latest politics playing out in the Gaza-Israel border where the United States controversially opened its US embassy in Jerusalem.

21 May 2018: News 24 reveals that parliament is seeking to fill three vacancies on the SABC board

31 May 2018: IOL reveals that from April 2014 to April 2016, the SABC’s group sports executive Sully Motsweni duped the corporation into paying the travel and accomodation expenses of family and friends leading to a loss of R45 182. On 30 June, the Hlaudi Motsoeneng enforcer was granted bail of R5000  in theJohannesburg Specialised Crime Court.

31 May 2018: SABC acting CEO Nomsa Philiso announces that the state broadcaster is to set up two commissions of inquiry to investigate ''sex for jobs'' allegations and interference with journalists' work in newsrooms.

This follows recommendations by Parliament's communication committee to deal with editorial interference as well as other allegations of misconduct, she said.

The DA welcomes the inquiry.

1 June 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals that one of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s ‘enforcers’, Sully Motsweni, was granted bail of R5000 after she appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Crime Court following her arrest at her home in Boksburg.

She is accused accused of defrauding the SABC by taking luxury plane and hotel trips and abusing her position to ensure that family members accompanied her.which she shamelessly added family members, and abused her position to get it approved.

9 June 2018: The Supreme Court of Appeal dismisses Hlaudi Motsoeneng's leave to appeal the 'SABC8' labour court case with costs; now Solidarity wants a warrant to have his assets seized.

9 June 2018: The SABC takes no action against one of its board members, Kgalema Mohuba, even though he has been placed on special by his employer, the University of Limpopo where he works as a publicist. He is alleged to have hired two Zimbabweans to write his doctoral thesis.

12 June 2018: The SABC announces that it is appoint an internal ombudsman to handle complaints about its news coverage.

12 June 2018: Hlaudi Motsoeneng appears at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to challenge what he sees as his “unfair dismissal” by the SABC.

20 June 2018: The SABC announces the two people who will chair the commissions of inquiry into sexual harassment (Barbara Watson) and editorial interference (Joe Thloloe)

20 June 2018: The High Court in Pretoria dismisses an application by the minister of communication, Nomvula Mokonyana, for leave to appeal Justice KE Matojane’s historic ruling in October last year in favour of the independence of the SABC board.

This ruling meant that she would no longer have a say on the appointments or dismissals of the public broadcaster’s board executive members.

Advocacy group Right2Know (R2K) said the dismissal of the appeal was a victory for millions of South Africans, who will now see the public broadcaster’s independence ensured and its freedom from government control.

Sanef also welcomes the court decision.

26 June 2018: Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane invites the public and industry role players to provide comment on her department's plans to revise policy in the public broadcasting sector.

26 June 2018: The SABC appoints Madoda Mxakwe as its new CEO and Yolande van Biljon as CFO.

2 July 2018: The ANC demands more coverage than what it's been getting from the South African public broadcaster, and says the struggling SABC has to be protected from editorial interference like ministTers and SABC board members who shouldn't be allowed to call journalists directly and give them orders and "instructions".

2 July 2018: A third SABC board member, Victor Rambau, resigns eight months after his appointment in October 2017 for a 5-year term.

Rachel Kalidass resigned in November 2017 when she exposed how the SABC board wanted to push through an unqualified person for SABC CEO.

Febe Potgieter-Gqubule resigned after she was elected to the ANC political party's national executive committee in December 2017.

2 July 2018: The ANC wants a bigger slice of the public broadcaster's coverage to reflect its electoral support.

This was among three key submissions made by the ANC's head of monitoring and evaluation in the Office of the Presidency, Zizi Kodwa, and ANC spokesman Pule Mabe to the SABC's probe into editorial and political interference.

4 July 2018: Media Monitoring Africa slams a decision to hold the hearings into editorial interference at the SABC behind closed doors

6 July 2018: During a presentation at the Radio Days Africa 2018 conference, SABC chief operating officer, Chris Maroleng, gave insight into SABC’s turnaround strategy and plan.

11 July 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals that the IFP has protested outside the SABC building in Auckland Park over the lack of coverage its receives from the SABC

12 July 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals that the SABC that had initially decided to keep testimony from various people before its inquiry into editorial interference at the South African public broadcaster's SABC News division private and secret, has decided to open its inquiry to the public following an out-of-court settlement with Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS Coalition, two non-profit civil society organisations.

16 July 2018: The EFF, testifying before the commission, chaired by the Press Council's executive director Joe Thloloe, which is looking into political and editorial interference at the state broadcaster, cites bias by Jimi Matthews and Hlaudi Motsoeneng

17 July 2018: Thinus Ferreira reveals that two of Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s ‘enforcers’, former SABC Sport boss Sully Motsweni and human resources manager Mzu Ndlovu have been dismissed. Motsweni is facing charges of fraud.

18 July 2018: The Sunday Times reports on a dispute within the SABC’s political news team and reveals the resignation from the team of Sophie Mokoena. Thinus Ferreira summed up the dispute:

The SABC press corps that used to cover the South African president are reportedly furious that they've been sidelined by the South African public broadcaster that is now making use of an international wire service.

They're also angry over the abrasive management style of the caustic Sophie Mokoena.

In 2017 Sophie Mokoena was identified during parliament's inquiry into the SABC as one of the alleged so-called "Hlaudi Motsoeneng enforcers" at the broadcaster.

The Sunday Times first reported that SABC News reporters Mzwandile MbejeNtebo Mokobo and Tshepo Ikaneng are angry that they've been sidelined from covering president Cyril Ramaphosa in favour of the SABC using the Foreign Service Network.

In a meeting they also complained to Phathiswa Magopeni, the SABC's head of news and current affairs, Nothando Maseko, the head of SABC TV news, and to Sebolo Ditlhakanye, the head of SABC radio news, about the leadership style of Sophie Mokoena.

Sophie Mokoena who is the SABC's foreign editor has apparently also resigned as the SABC's acting political editor.

The SABC declined to comment when asked for a response.

Sophie Mokoena told The Sunday Times "I am tired of you South African men, in particular you South African journalists, for mistreating and conniving against me since 1994 because I'm the first female to be in that political field and to this day you men are fighting me".

18 July 2018: The Democratic Alliance, in its submission to the SABC commission of inquiry calls for changes to the public broadcaster’s editorial policy.

18 July 2018: In its submission to the inquiry into editorial interference, the DA calls for equitable election coverage for all major political parties during elections, as well as an investigation into the ANC’s undue political influence in this regard.

26 July 2018: SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirms the dismissal of Sully Motsweni who had a meteoric rise through the ranks thanks to the influence of Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Motsweni currently facing criminal charges for duping the SABC into financing her friends and family members’ trips to attend company-sponsored events across the country resulting in a loss of R45 182. The money covered air-tickets and accommodation. She is currently out on bail.

MORE TO FOLLOW....