South African broadcasting criticized

Report attacks org's 'integrity, decency'

JOHANNESBURG — A report by an independent consultant has lambasted the leadership of the South African Broadcasting Corp., accusing it of a “lack of integrity, common decency, mutual respect and loyalty.”

The report by Africa Now consultancy, leaked to the local media, amounts to an outright condemnation of the leadership of SABC chief executive Hawu Mbatha.

The findings show a fragmented executive committee consisting of warring members engaged in individual and factional power struggles who do not feel bound by decisions and procedures of the committee and who disregard codes of behavior.

Mbatha was criticized for “failure to provide strong and unifying leadership.” This had created a “climate of disunity, low-trust levels, in-fighting and ill-discipline among members of the executive” and had allowed “opportunistic cabals” to spring up, according to the report.

The SABC has not immediately commented on the report.

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