It is encouraging to see that the new SABC manager is trying to keep his Titanic seafaring after people like Hlaudi Motsoeneng ran it into an iceberg of incompetence and corruption.
What transpired at the national broadcaster during that time may, however, not sink into oblivion. Regrettably, there is nothing but silence on the matter of criminal prosecution relating to the SABC 8 issue.
The FF Plus is of the opinion that the people who victimised the journalist Suna Venter up until her death, may not get away with it. They must be tracked down and charged with murder.
Another important matter is the feeble attempt at regulating the internet by means of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill under the pretence of protecting women and children. The amendment bill will not be feasible because the internet is a global animal that cannot be tamed and effectively controlled by domestic legislation alone.
The ANC will have to learn that the drafting of legislation per se will not solve social problems. In many cases, it only serves to make the problem worse and it creates false expectations regarding the solution.
Of course, this amendment bill is mainly aimed at making tighter regulation possible for the sake of central control, which is in line with the ANC’s Soviet ethos. But because this amendment bill is not in line with reality, it will eventually fail.
Because communication is of such importance to the economy and the country as a whole, state capture and its effect on entities must be eradicated. The department’s functioning must also be constitutional and fair.
Should that not happen, the department will remain trapped in failure, which is what state capture brought about.
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