EDITORIAL: The SABC and the Mbalula wrecking ball

2022/01/19 09:59:00

The minister’s apparent attempts to slap lipstick on the ANC pig are in keeping with the blind obstinacy of the average ANC politician, who seeks blame for the party’s woes everywhere but within the party itself

The minister’s apparent attempts to slap lipstick on the ANC pig are in keeping with the blind obstinacy of the average ANC politician, who seeks blame for the party’s woes everywhere but within the party itself.

The minister’s apparent attempts to slap lipstick on the ANC pig are in keeping with the blind obstinacy of the average ANC politician, who seeks blame for the party’s woes everywhere but within the party itself

In late 2021, as acting chief justice Raymond Zondo was wrapping up the commission of inquiry into state capture, SA’s fearless transport minister and ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, was running his mouth off about the country’s national broadcaster.

According to Mbalula, the ANC’s dismal election performance — which dipped below 50% of national support for the first time — was the fault of the SABC. His argument was that the Service Delivery Gauge show on the national broadcaster had focused only on failing ANC municipalities; the SABC had run a "campaign" that convinced potential voters not to cast their ballots, he said.

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19 January 2022 - 06:00 In late 2021, as acting chief justice Raymond Zondo was wrapping up the commission of inquiry into state capture, SA’s fearless transport minister and ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, was running his mouth off about the country’s national broadcaster.1 day ago Zikalala said the provincial executive committee would embark on weekly outreach programmes which would require elected councillors to provide reports on service delivery.Ziphozonke Lushaba.With 140 seats, following a power-sharing agreement with the Patriotic Alliance (PA), the coalition says it is quite comfortable and confident the vote will take place successfully.

According to Mbalula, the ANC’s dismal election performance — which dipped below 50% of national support for the first time — was the fault of the SABC. His argument was that the Service Delivery Gauge show on the national broadcaster had focused only on failing ANC municipalities; the SABC had run a "campaign" that convinced potential voters not to cast their ballots, he said.  “The contest of elections had been between the ANC against the rest of political parties, who wanted to reduce the party's dominance,” he said. Now, a weekend report suggests that the attack on the SABC was way more sinister than the bluster of a verbose showman with the gravitas of rancid polony. He uses the courts and parliament. According to the City Press newspaper, a letter by embattled SABC news head Phathiswa Magopeni suggests blatant and grievous political interference in the public broadcaster. We should uproot tendencies of ill-discipline and corruption. Specifically, Magopeni names Mbalula, ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and party spokesperson Pule Mabe as harassing and intimidating journalists. "When you have a descent into chaos you will compromise the ability of this council to start working hard and the longer the chaos is allowed to continue, the more damage to restore service delivery and get Joburg moving forward again," he said.

More concerningly, in her telling, her complaints about such behaviour to the SABC board chair and CEO elicited no support, but instead a directive to comply. Let's also eject those who fight in our meetings. The ANC radicals have already fired the first salvos. And, no surprise, according to City Press’s sources, the current manoeuvring to oust Magopeni from her position at the broadcaster comes at the behest of politicians. Now, the SABC has a long and less-than-proud history as lickspittle to the powers that be. We should correct all the weaknesses that we have internalised. An institution riven by corruption and political interference in the dark days of apartheid, it staged something of a resurgence with the turn to democracy — until, in the hands of the majestically unhinged Hlaudi Motsoeneng, it regressed to a toadying mouthpiece of Jacob Zuma’s ANC. The Zuma faction's instigation last year that led to widespread unrest and looting was an indication of how intense it could get. But in the past few years, an extended public process was put in place to turn things around, and build a broadcaster that served the public rather than the vested interests of the powerful. The Moses Mabhida region is the second-largest, behind eThekwini, in KwaZulu-Natal. On Thursday, ANC and EFF councillors clashed with their colleagues from the DA in an attempt to stop the chair of chairs vote from taking place by a show of hands instead of a secret vote.

And it seemed to be working: advertising grew, the quality of its shows improved, and it seemed as if the SABC might actually be fulfilling a mandate that had grown dusty under the tenure of the apparatchiks. If Mbalula and his ilk were to have their way, it seems, all those hard-won gains would be lost. Zikalala also expressed concern over the rising crime gripping the province. The long-expected split in the ANC may become a reality. Of course, Mbalula’s apparent attempts to slap lipstick on the ANC pig are in keeping with the blind obstinacy of the average ANC politician, who seeks blame for the party’s woes everywhere but within the party itself. The good minister need only have looked beyond Auckland Park to see the real reasons for the abysmal electoral showing: the collapse of small-(and not-so-small-) town SA in the hands of the ruling party; revelations of a fiscus looted blind; of an economy brought to its knees by venality and mismanagement, with no more than lip service paid to the idea of reform; of criminally negligent service delivery. “We should work full-time to fight the proliferation of drugs, murder and rape. But, then, Mbaks is always up for a bit of diversion. On the other hand there is the danger that radical factions may be strong enough to form a government with likeminded radicals like the EFF. Makhubele, who joined Monday's presser, said it was clear the ANC and EFF did not have the numbers and chose chaos instead.

His Twitter account, to take one example, is a highlights reel — a small snapshot of achievement in a performance wasteland.” He urged communities to bolster community policing forums and form street patrols in all townships and villages. Even his recent oversight visit to Cape Town to inspect the station upgrade programme was an apparent exercise in illusion. As United Commuters Voice spokesperson Joao Jardim told IOL, the oversight entourage was shuttled to various upgraded stations by taxi. He said this gave reason to isolate members who had turned the party into a “federation” of factionalism. This provides a huge challenge for opposition parties to get their act together and grow their pool of votes to place themselves in a strong position to negotiate in such a scenario. But just beyond the Elsies River station, cables had been stolen, he said; and near Goodwood station, there’s apparently a community living on the rail lines. Perhaps if our ministers spent the effort on their portfolios that they do in trying to sell the illusion of the ANC they wish they had, they’d have more to boast about in the first place. He condemned the violence.

. Let us fasten our seatbelts.