The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has called for the dissolution of the inquorate SABC board, saying it has failed to provide the strategic direction required to turn around the troubled public broadcaster. The broke SABC sank into a deeper crisis in December following the resignation of four non-executive directors, which has left the company’s board without the quorum required to make decisions. Their resignations came in the wake of a scathing letter to the board by communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams in which she accused the non-executive directors of not acting in the best interest of the SABC as they pressed on with retrenchments.

This week, the SABC confirmed that the planned retrenchments will be suspended until further notice. The planned job cuts were likely to affect about 1,000 permanent employees and 1,200 freelancers. CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala said on Tuesday the union had long called for the retrenchment process to be halted and ...

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